Algeria attack kills 3 auxiliary cops
29 April 2013, 12:09
Algiers - Three Algerian auxiliary policemen were killed
Sunday in what a security official called a "terrorist" attack, a
term authorities use to refer to armed Islamists, the APS news agency said.
The three had just quit work in the Tipaza region about 70km
west of the capital Algiers and were going home when the attack occurred, the
unnamed official told APS, declining to give further details.
Algeria's 90 000-strong auxiliary police force, known as the
"communal guards", was set up in 1994 to bolster local police in
villages across the country where authorities were locked in a deadly
confrontation with Islamist rebel groups.
Violence blamed on armed Islamists has subsided in recent years,
but groups with ties to al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (Aqim) remain active in
some areas around Algiers and in the south of the country, and have continued
to stage attacks on security forces.
The country experienced its most violent Islamist attack in
January, when al-Qaeda-linked extremists seized a desert gas plant in a brazen
raid that left 38 hostages dead.
A decade-long conflict in the 1990s between the Algerian
military and armed Islamists killed some 200 000 people.