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Vol 48 No 9

Published 27th April 2007


Under attack

Algeria's Islamist underground is largely home grown but benefits from foreign attachments

The Algiers bombings of 11 April confirmed that the radical Islamist underground was on the move. For years, it has been confined largely to its strongholds in parts of Kabylie - the mountainous, Berber-speaking region east of the capital - in Saharan oases and across the border with Mali, Niger and other Sahel states. The underground Al Qaida Organisation in the Islamic Maghreb claimed the attacks and convincingly so.

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