Algerian forces kill senior Al Qaeda figure

Algerian security forces have killed a senior member of Al Qaeda’s north African wing after a tip-off...

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Algerian security forces have killed a senior member of Al Qaeda’s north African wing after a tip-off from a former militant led them to his hideout, an Algerian newspaper reported on Sunday.<?xml:namespace prefix="o" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office"?>

Mourad Bouzid, also known as Ami Slimane, was a charismatic figure, instrumental in recruiting and motivating younger Al Qaeda fighters, daily Ennahar reported, citing an unnamed source.

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Bouzid was tracked down using information from Ali Ben Touati, also known as Abou Tamine, another top Maghreb Qaeda figure who surrendered in late January to take advantage of a government amnesty offered to rebels who disarm.