Counterterrorism: Army arrests eight individuals trying to join terrorist groups in Sahel

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ALGIERS- Detachments of the People’s National Army arrested Tuesday five individuals in Relizane and three others in Ghardaia who attempted to join terrorist groups in the Sahel, said Wednesday a communiqué of the National Defense Ministry.

“As part of the fight against terrorism, detachments of the ANP defeated, on 19 November 2019, in coordination with elements of the National Gendarmerie, attempts to rally terrorist groups activating in the Sahel, arresting five (5) individuals in Relizane (2nd Military Region) and three (3) others in Ghardaia (4th Military Region) “, the statement said.

In the same context, a detachment of the ANP “arrested, in M’sila (1st MR), one (1) element supporting terrorist groups, while another detachment discovered and destroyed, during a search operation conducted in the town of Baloul, Souk El-Had commune, province of Boumerdes (1st MR), two (2) homemade bombs, “noted the same source.

As part of the fight against organized crime, a detachment of the ANP “arrested, in Djanet (4th MR), three (3) drug traffickers and seized one (1) kilogram of treated Hashish and one (1) all-terrain vehicle – while elements of the National Gendarmerie apprehended two (2) drug traffickers in possession of 1,094 psychotropic tablets in Algiers (1st MR), “the statement added.

Moreover, elements of the National Gendarmerie “intercepted, in Naâma (2nd MR), one (1) individual in possession of one (1) drone equipped with camera, while three (3) illegal immigrants were arrested in Tindouf (3rd MR), ” concluded the same source.

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