'French intelligence dismantles support network for al-Qaida branch'

A French intelligence operation has dismantled a logistical support network of the al-Qaida branch that claimed responsibility for a deadly bombing at Algeria's UN offices, a news report said Thursday. Le Figaro newspaper reported that eight men working in connection with al-Qaida in Islamic North Africa were detained Tuesday in the Paris area and in the region around the Normandy city of Rouen. The Interior Ministry did not immediately respond to a call seeking comment on the report.