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Algeria's Islamist Militants Threaten More Attacks

Jan. 18, 2013

Islamist militants responsible for an ongoing hostage crisis in Algeria on Friday threatened further attacks, according to Mauritanian news agency ANI.

All Algerians were called upon to "stay away from foreign headquarters," said a spokesman for the Blood Signatories group, affiliated to al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM).

"We will be there when no one expects us" he said, adding that militants from Canada, Egypt, Mali, Algeria, Niger and Mauretania had taken part in the hostage-taking.

According to the ANI report, the leader of the Sons of the Sahara for Islamic Justice group, Lamine Boucheneb, known as Taher, was among those killed in the Algerian-army operation to free the hostages.

Source: Copyright 2013 dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH

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