Algerian army kills regional al-Qaida leader's deputy

By REUTERS
July 20, 2013 15:12

Algerian special forces shot dead four Islamist militants, including regional al-Qaida deputy leader Abu Al Walid Tuhami, in an ambush on Friday night, privately owned television station Ennahar said on Saturday, citing unnamed sources.

Tuhami, 36, joined al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) in 2002 and became close to leader Abdelmalek Droukdel, one security analyst, who asked not to be named, told Reuters.

AQIM has focused most of its activities in the Sahel region, but maintains a robust presence in Algeria's northern "triangle of death" between the towns of Boumerdes, Bouira and Tizi Ouzou, 100 km (60 miles) east of the capital Algiers.


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