Seven years before the al-Qaeda chief launched his September 11 attacks, the Armed Islamic Group
hatched a remarkably similar plot.
Chanting anti-government slogans in support of Hassan Hattab (a local leader of an armed Islamic group
that attacks gendarmes and other military personnel), they attack gendarmerie barracks, set vehicles on fire, block roads and throw stones at government buildings.
Islamic rebels from the hardline Armed Islamic Group
slashed the throats of three brothers aged six, 12 and 13 in a forest 140 miles south-west of Algiers.
Security sources suggest the six arrested North Africans could be connected to the Algerian Armed Islamic Group
- the GIA - which is closely linked to bin Laden and his al-Qaeda terror organisation.
RABAT: Algeria's Armed Islamic Group
has stepped up its raids against civilians in an effort to block next month's referendum on a peace deal with Islamic moderates.
Armed Islamic Group
(GIA): Aims to create Islamic state in Algeria.
(The Armed Islamic Group
(GIA) has dismissed the peace plan completely.
The suspects were considered close to aides of Hassan Hattab, a leader of the Armed Islamic Group
in Algeria, who has allegedly ordered an attack during the tournament that begins on Wednesday.
Rice's route within Algeria was the subject of heightened security precautions, after the website of one armed Islamic group
urged the north African branch of al-Qaeda to assassinate her during her tour.
Interior Minister Mr Johan Vande Lanotte said the seven belonged to a European-based support network for Algeria's Armed Islamic Group
, or GIA.
Also unclear is the attitude of the most militant Islamist faction, the Armed Islamic Group
(GIA), although about 500 GIA members reportedly surrendered following the election, under a government amnesty.
The six belonged to a bin Laden-backed dissident faction of the Armed Islamic Group
, Algeria's hard-line insurgency movement.