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Al Qaeda Affiliate Leader Killed in Algeria

By Matthew Harwood

Reuters reports:

The deputy chief of al Qaeda's North Africa wing, believed to be the group's operational leader, was killed along with two other rebels in a gun battle with Algerian troops, local newspapers said on Tuesday.

Hareg Zoheir, also known as Sofiane Abu Fasila, was said to be the second-in-command of Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and suspected of being behind planning most of the suicide bombings in Algeria in the recent months.

He was shot dead on Sunday at a check point in the eastern region of Tzizi Ouzou, the country's leading dailies reported.

For more on al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, see "A New Threat Rises in the Maghreb" in the July issue of Security Management.

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