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Algerian women remember their civil war dead

Several dozen Algerians marked International Women's Day Saturday with a demonstration in Algiers to remember hundreds of women killed by Islamists in the 1990s. The families of people who disappeared during the civil war that rocked the North African country held a separate protest to demand the truth about what had happened to their loved ones. "No to forgetting all the women killed" during the 1992-2002 civil war, rights activist Dr Fadhela Chitour told AFP.

Algerian army kills three Islamists in east

The Algerian army killed three Islamist militants Sunday during an operation in a mountainous area of the eastern Kabylie region, the defence ministry said. Their deaths bring to five the number of Islamists killed since Tuesday in Kabylie, a bastion of armed groups affiliated with Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb. The ministry said troops seized weapons and ammunition and destroyed hideouts used by the militants in the Sidi Ali Bounab region during Sunday's operation.

France to conduct autopsies on monks beheaded in Algeria

A French judge has got the green light from Algeria to conduct autopsies on the skulls of seven French monks who were abducted in 1996 and beheaded there, a lawyer said Thursday. Anti-terror judge Marc Trevidic however did not get permission to hear testimony from witnesses during his next visit to Algeria, said Patrick Baudoin, a lawyer for the families of the monks. The hearings and the autopsies on the skulls of the monks are the key points of a formal request addressed in December 2011 to Algeria, seeking judicial assistance over the case.

French troops in Mali kill wanted jihadist's deputy: security sources

The French army has killed the second-in-command of wanted Algerian jihadist leader Mokhtar Belmokhtar in an operation in northern Mali, security sources told AFP on Wednesday. Hacene Ould Khalil, who went by the nom de guerre Jouleibib, was killed last week in the Tessalit region, said a regional security source who told AFP the Mauritanian national was Belmokhtar's "genuine right-hand man".

French Mali hostage was 'shot in the head'

French hostage Philippe Verdon, who was kidnapped by Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) in Mali in 2011 and found dead several weeks ago, was executed with a shot to the head, prosecutors said Thursday. "After the return of the body to France, the autopsy... was able to establish that Philippe Verdon was murdered by being shot in the head," the Paris prosecutors' office said. ef/mm/mbx/ric

Mali Islamists offer freedom deal for Algerian hostages

A West African Al-Qaeda-linked militant group on Sunday offered to free one of a group of Algerian diplomats kidnapped last year in exchange for the release of three "mujahedeen" held in Algeria. The Mali-based Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO) said in a statement it was asking the Algerian government "for the release of one of its diplomat hostages, to release three mujahedeen" detained on Algerian territory.

Algerian army kills seven militants in al Qaeda stronghold

ALGIERS (Reuters) - The Algerian army killed seven Islamist militants in their stronghold east of Algiers, the defense ministry said on Wednesday, as government forces stepped up operations against suspected al Qaeda-linked fighters. It was the largest government offensive against militants since an audacious assault on a desert gas plant in January in which 37 foreigners died.

Algeria court sentences two Islamists to death

Two Islamists accused of killing 500 people during Algeria's civil war, including the rape and murder of 60 women, were sentenced to death on Sunday, an AFP correspondent said. The judge sentenced Djilali Kouri, 32, and Antar Ali, 35, to death for "founding and running a terrorist group that killed and spread terror among the population and that murdered hundreds of civilians and soldiers" between 1996 and 2004. Kouri and Ali admitted having killed members of the security forces in the civil war, but denied raping and killing civilians.

Trial of Algeria Islamists for civil war murders opens

The trial of two Algerian Islamists accused of killing 500 people, including the rape and murder of 60 women, during the country's brutal civil war, opened in Algiers Sunday, an AFP correspondent said. Antar Ali and Djilali Kouri have admitted to investigators they joined a group of Islamist fighters in the Chlef region, west of the capital Algiers, in 1997 during the country's civil war.

Tunisian army unable to find jihadists

Tunisian forces have been unable to track down jihadists hiding in the border area with Algeria, an operation in which 15 security force members have been wounded, the interior ministry said on Saturday. The jihadists, holed up in the Mount Chaambi area, "left their initial positions and we have not been able to find them given the size of the 70-square-kilometre (28-square-mile) area operations have been taking place in. They may have split up," ministry spokesman Mohamed Ali Aroui told AFP.
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