ALGIERS (Reuters) – Algeria has arrested 27 suspected members of a separatist group that the federal government has declared a terrorist organisation, after an assault in two northern cities, police mentioned on Monday.
They mentioned the 27 had been suspected of belonging to MAK, a bunch that seeks independence for the Berber-speaking Kabylie area.
Morocco’s help for MAK was one of many causes cited by Algeria in reducing diplomatic relations with the dominion late final month.
Police mentioned the 27 had been arrested “for his or her try and sow terror and strife amongst residents by order of events overseas,” police mentioned in a press release. They resorted to assault and theft of residents’ outlets.”
The assertion mentioned the assaults and the arrests came about within the northern cities of Kherrata and Beni Ourtilane up to now 48 hours however gave no additional particulars.
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It mentioned a number of members of the safety forces had been injured after they intervened to guard residents and their properties throughout the incident.
Police discovered equipment of army uniforms, bladed weapons, solid seals and cell phones after looking out the properties of these arrested, it added.
The federal government has blamed MAK, which Algiers declared terrorist organisation final yr, for devastating wildfires that killed a minimum of 65 folks within the Kabylie area, east of Algiers, final month. MAK, whose management relies in France, has denied any involvement.
(Reporting by Hamid Ould Ahmed; Enhancing by Sandra Maler)
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