CAIRO Ñ Algeria has warned that its energy sector could be the
target of Islamic insurgents.
Algerian security sources said authorities have determined that the
nation's crude oil and natural gas sector could come under attack by the
Salafist Brigade for Combat and Call. The sources said the alert envisioned
an attack on oil and gas facilities during the current Islamic fast month of
The most immediate threat, the sources said, was of an attack on Western
workers in Algerian oil and gas fields. They said authorities recently found
a large cache of weapons and explosives near Algerian oil fields in Khasi
Masoud in the Sahara Desert. The sources said the weapons appeared to have
come from neighboring Morocco.
The sources said Western employees at Khasi Masoud have been warned of
the prospect of a Salafist car bombing. They said Western contractors
were urged to intensify security measures. Despite the Islamic insurgency
war, Algiers has managed to protect the nation's energy sector from attack.