Al-Qaida's N. Africa wing recruiting Algerians

April 17, 2007 16:37

Al-Qaida-linked militants are winning recruits from the margins of Algerian society for a new strategy of high-impact attacks, details emerging from last week's bombings in Algiers suggest. The methods of al-Qaida in Islamic North Africa have been condemned, however, by former leaders of the Islamic insurgency that peaked in the 1990s and left up to 200,000 people dead. "I condemn it, and I am ready to work to stop this bloodletting," said Madani Mezrag. He headed the Armed Islamic Group, an insurgency movement, before signing a cease-fire with Algerian authorities in 1997.

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