Nine members of an Islamic extremist group from Algeria held responsible for a massacre of 29 people this month have been arrested by Moroccan military security forces, a reliable source told AFP on August 25. The Moroccan authorities denied the report on the next day.
At least 29 people have been killed in the Bechar region of western Algeria, in the worst attack on civilians since the election of President Abdel Aziz Bouteflika four months ago. In a 15 August statement, security officials blamed Islamist militants for the killings in Beni Ounif, saying that the victims had been dispatched "in a cowardly way," meaning that their throats had been cut. No one has claimed responsibility for the attack.