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Algeria Army Arrests Militants Heading for Sahel

Algeria Army Arrests Militants Heading for Sahel

Wednesday, 20 November, 2019 - 12:45
FILE PHOTO: Troops from the Malian Armed Forces and French soldiers conduct a joint patrol during the regional anti-insurgent Operation Barkhane in Inaloglog, Mali, October 17, 2017. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier/File Photo

Algeria's army has arrested eight people planning to join militants in the neighboring Sahel region, the defense ministry said on Wednesday.

The eight were arrested on Tuesday in the Ghardaia and Relizane provinces, a ministry statement said without providing details.

Algeria has repeatedly expressed concerns about security across its southern borders with Mali and Niger, where militants have carried out deadly attacks on civilians and government forces.

The army has tightened security across the country's frontiers with the Sahel region and with Libya, and announced seizures of weapons during patrols this year.

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