ISLAMIC TERROR ON THE RISE IN THE SAHARA
AQIM – MAGHREB al-Qaeda’s branch has claimed responsibility for Friday 03/18/2016 rocket-propelled grenade attack on an Algerian gas plant operated by Norway’s Statoil and BP as part of its “war on the Crusader interests everywhere”.
Algeria’s oil and gas infrastructure is heavily protected by the army especially since the 2013 militant attack on the In Amenas gas plant, also operated by BP and Statoil, during which 40 oil workers were killed.
A day earlier, on Thursday 03/17/2016, Islamist militants from Al Qaeda and Boko Haram, affiliated to the Islamic State, have killed four security forces in two separate attacks in Niger, officials have said.
Three policemen were shot dead by suspected Al Qaeda members in a village near the border with Burkina Faso. One soldier was killed and two others wounded when a military convoy was attacked close to Nigeria’s border.
Thursday’s attacks came three days before Sunday’s controversial presidential run-off election in Niger.
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