Algeria

Algiers (AFP) A suicide bomber killed two Algerian policemen on Thursday, including one who threw himself on the attacker whose explosives belt then detonated, state media said, in the second such jihadist attack this year in the North African state. The Islamic State jihadist group, in a posting on its Telegram site, said “a martyrdom-seeker” from IS “detonated his explosive belt near an Algerian security headquarters” in Tiaret, according to the US monitor, SITE Intelligence Group. The attacker tried to enter the police headquarters in Tiaret, 350 kilometres (220 miles)Read More
Algiers (AFP) Accused of heresy by Islamist extremists and targeted by the authorities, members of Algeria’s tiny Ahmadi community say they have been forced to go underground to worship. Abderahmane, a 42-year-old trader from Kabylie in northern Algeria, joined the reformist Islamic movement after years as an ultra-conservative Salafist. People he once called friends reported him to the local imam, who publicly denounced him as an unbeliever. The imam went on to urge worshippers not to let their children play with Ahmadi children. “My sister’s engagement was cancelled because herRead More
Algiers (AFP) The Algerian-backed Polisario Front movement seeking independence for disputed Western Sahara on Thursday denounced as “unjust” a Moroccan court’s decision to sentence a group of Sahrawis to prison. On Wednesday a court in Sale near Rabat sentenced 23 Sahrawis to prison terms ranging from two years to life over the killing of 11 members of the Moroccan security forces in Western Sahara. The case had been closely followed by human rights campaigners. Morocco and the Polisario Front have accused each other of provoking deadly clashes between police andRead More