24-05-2022 09:45 AM Jerusalem Timing

Algeria Says ISIL-Linked Militant Chief Killed in Army Raid

Algeria Says ISIL-Linked Militant Chief Killed in Army Raid

A militant leader who joined ISIL terrorist group was killed in an army operation west of the Algerian capital, a security source said Monday.

Algerian ArmyA militant leader who joined ISIL terrorist group was killed in an army operation west of the Algerian capital, a security source said Monday.

Mouloud Baal, also known as Abou El Moundhir,  was a former member of the extremist Armed "Islamic Front" (GIA) which battled the Algiers government during the 1990s.

He later formed his own group which participated in twin suicide attacks against Algeria's Cherchell military institution in August 2011, claimed by Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM).

Baal, who joined ISIL in 2015, was killed on Sunday during an military raid in the Oued-Sebt area of Gouraya region, west of Algiers, the source said.

The operation took place in the same area where Baal's men planted a roadside bomb two weeks ago targeting a police convoy, the source added.

The defense ministry said a "dangerous terrorist" was killed in the Oued-Sebt operation, during which a Kalashnikov assault rifle and ammunition were seized.

A brutal war in the 1990s between the government and extremists killed 200,000 people.

Despite adopting a peace and reconciliation charter in 2005 aimed at turning the page on the conflict, armed groups remain active in the center and east of Algeria.

A total of "157 terrorists, including 10 commanders" were killed or arrested in military operations last year,  according to the defense ministry.