Terrorism Africa News
According to Voice of America reports, Tunisian security forces have arrested two, suspected Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb members near the Libyan border. The men had explosive belts, bombs.
The suspects led authorities to led to a weapons stash in mountains of southern Tunisia. The weapons included Kalashikov rifles, a crude bomb and ammunition. The discovery backs up suspicions that al Qaeda was attempting to acquire arms to carry them to a stronghold in northern Mali.
The Christian Science Monitor reports that European countries are growing concerned about the activities of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM). Last week, Spain sent her secretary of state for security, Antonio Camacho, to meet his counterparts in Mauritania, Mali, and Niger. Spain’s concerned over AQIM increased three Spanish aid workers were kidnapped in 2009. The hostages were released in 2010 after Spain paid $10 to $12 million ransom.
AQIM has kidnapped French citizens, including two young men who died near the Niger-Mali border in January and four other Frenchmen who still remain in AQIM hands.
Experts suspect Osama bin Laden’s death has ratcheted up the likelihood those being held will become part of some sad, symbolic retaliation by AQIM.
The terrorist group is constructing base in Mali near the Mauritanian border. Last week, in a message posted up on walls in the Malian town of Timbuktu, the group boasted that it had killed two Mauritanian nationals who had infiltrated its ranks as spies for Mauritania.
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