Militants arrested in the Sahel


Algeria’s army arrested eight people planning to join Islamist militants in the neighbouring Sahel region, the defence ministry said.

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

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

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

Algeria emerged from decade-long Islamist linked violence in the 1990s when an estimated 200 000 people were killed following cancellation of a legislative election an Islamist party was poised to win.