ALGIERS – The units and detachments of the People’s National Army (ANP) carried out, from September 09 to 15, multiple operations with qualitative results, reflecting the “high professionalism, vigilance and permanent availability” of the Armed Forces throughout the national territory, according to an operational report from the ANP made public on Wednesday by the Ministry of National Defense (MDN).
“In the dynamic of continuous efforts in the fight against terrorism and multifaceted organized crime, units and detachments of the National People’s Army carried out, during the period from September 9 to 15, 2020, multiple operations with qualitative results that reflect the high professionalism, vigilance and permanent availability of our Armed Forces throughout the national territory “, specifies the same source.
Thus, within the framework of the fight against terrorism, “detachments of the ANP discovered and destroyed, during combing and sweeping operations carried out in Tébessa, Aïn Defla, Chlef and Skikda, eleven (11) caches for terrorists and seven (07) homemade bombs, while three (03) elements supporting terrorist groups were arrested in Tébessa and Tissemsilt “, adds the DND press release.
With regard to the fight against smuggling and organized crime and in continuity with the intense efforts aimed at thwarting the phenomenon of drug trafficking in the country, “combined detachments of the ANP in coordination with the National Security services have apprehended, during separate operations in Bechar, sixteen (16) drug traffickers and seized large quantities of treated Hahsish amounting to eight (08) quintals and (55) kilograms “, indicated the MDN.
Other detachments of the ANP in coordination with the services of the National Gendarmerie have, within the same framework, apprehended, in Oum El-Bouaghi, “eight (08) drug traffickers in their possession (2.1) kilograms of cocaine and another quantity of processed kif amounting to (13.6) kilograms “.
In the same context, detachments of the ANP, “the services of the national Gendarmerie and the border guards apprehended, during separate operations in Naâma, Tlemcen, Oran, Relizane, El-Tarf, El Oued, Biskra, Batna, Souk-Ahras, Tébessa, Sidi Bel Abbès and In Aménas, (33) drug traffickers and seized three (03) quintals and (10.7) kilograms of treated Hahsish and (25154) psychotropic tablets “.
“Two (02) individuals were apprehended in their possession (18.54) tons of tobacco in El Oued, Sétif and Boumerdès, while (87,980) units of pyrotechnic articles were seized in Sétif”.
The MDN further noted that in Tamanrasset, In Guezzam, Bordj Badji Mokhtar, Tindouf and Djanet, “combined detachments of the ANP arrested (119) individuals and seized (05) trucks, (15) all-terrain vehicles , (116) generators, (49) jackhammers, (225) bags of mixed stones and raw gold and other equipment used in illicit gold mining operations, as well as (12.3) tonnes of food food for smuggling “, adding that” quantities of fuel amounting to (21,963) liters were seized in Tamanrasset, Tébessa, El-Tarf and Souk-Ahras “.
In addition, “the Coast Guard and the services of the National Gendarmerie have succeeded in thwarting attempts of illegal immigration and rescued (189) individuals aboard craft-built boats in Tipaza, Ténès, Boumerdès, Algiers, Skikda Jijel, and Annaba “.