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Terrorists smuggled missiles, rockets, landmines and small weapons from Lybia into Algeria.

Africa Security News.- Graphic showing the areas of Mali which are now controlled by AQIM (al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb)

Africa Security News.- Graphic showing the areas of Mali which are now controlled by AQIM (al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb)

The Algerian Army discovered a huge arms deposit near the algerian border with Libya, including hundreds of surface-to-air missiles, rockets and landmines, an Algerian security source said on Thursday. Algeria is a target for al Qaeda.

The weapons were found in Illizi in southern Algeria, about 200 km (125 miles) from the Amenas gas plant, where Islamist militants attacked in January, killing nearly forty foreign contractors.

The weapons included more than 500 MANPAD shoulder-launched rockets often used against low flying aircraft like helicopters, 100 anti-aircraft missiles, and hundreds of rocket launchers, landmines, rifles and rocket-propelled grenades.

 

 

The terrorist groups of Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, Ansar al-Sharia (acting in Tunisia and Libya), and the Movement for Unity and Jihad in West Africa or MUJWA, were dispersed this year by the French offensive in Mali.

 

MUJWA recently announced it was joining forces with another group led by veteran Algerian fighter Mokhtar Belmokhtar, who masterminded the attack on the Amenas plant in January.