Algiers: A newspaper says that Algerian security forces have killed 20 members of an al Qaeda splinter group who were allegedly about to attack a fuel tanker.
A newspaper, considered close to Algerian security services, reported that a convoy carrying members of the Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa was hit Sunday near the Malian border. Monday`s report cited local security forces.
The raid could complicate efforts to free seven Algerian diplomats believed to be in the hands of the movement, which has fought the Algerian government for the last two decades.
The diplomats were taken from a consulate in northern Mali when militants stormed the building in early April as Tuareg rebels swept across the northern part of the country.