April 26, 2007
Al Qaeda Leader Killed in Algeria
Some good news on an otherwise dreary and depressing day.
Algerian army soldiers shot dead the coordinator and second-in-command of Al Qaeda's North African branch on Thursday, official news agency APS reported, quoting security sources.Hat tip: averitas
Samir Moussaab, whose real name is Samir Saioud, was killed during a skirmish with an army patrol in the Boumerdes region around 50 kilometres (31 miles) east of Algiers, APS said.
He was tracked down using information gathered from ex-members of the group pardoned under an amnesty for Islamist rebels.
Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb is led by Abdelmalek Droudkel, whose predecessor Nabil Sahraoui was killed by the army in 2003.