CAIRO ø Algeria's largest Islamic insurgency group has threatened to
launch major attacks against the regime.
The Salafist Brigade for Combat and Call has warned Algerians to stay
away from government installations in major cities. A Salafist statement
said Islamic insurgents would launch a major strike against police stations.
The statement, posted on an Islamic Internet website on Aug. 21, warned
Algerians to keep away from police stations and other security
installations. The Salafists said they would not be responsible for
passersby killed in these strikes.
"We are innocent before Allah of the blood shed of those innocents who
walk near these places," the Salafist statement said.
Algerian authorities have taken the Salafist threat seriously. Security
sources said more than 35 Salafist operatives were believed to have
infiltrated Algiers over the past few weeks.
The sources said Algerian intelligence has assessed that Salafist
operatives intend to steal cars, load them with explosives and blow them
up near police and other government installations. They said police and
security forces have been on high alert in Algiers and other major cities.
In its communique, the Salafist Brigade did not specify what kind of
attacks was being planned. But the communique indicated the prospect of car
The Salafist warning came amid an assessment that the Al Qaida-aligned
insurgency movement has been seriously weakened over the last few months. In
June, Algeria reported that Salafist leader Nabil Sahrawi was killed in a
firefight in mountainous region east of Algiers.