As part of the fight against terrorism a detachment of the National People’s Army(ANP)arrested, on February 9, in Bouira / 1 ° RM, an element of support for terrorist groups, while some homemade bombs were destroyed in Tipaza / 1 ° RM.As part of the fight against smuggling and organized crime, a detachment of the ANP seized at In Guezzam / 6 ° RM, a truck loaded with 42,3 tons of foodstuffs for contraband, while another detachment and elements of the National Gendarmerie apprehended 05 drug traffickers, and seized 50 kilograms of processed kif and 03 vehicles at Oran / 2 ° RM.In addition, a detachment of the ANP intercepted in Ouargla / 4 ° RM, three individuals in possession of two firearms, while 26 illegal immigrants of different nationalities were arrested in Bechar, Adrar and Tebessa.
The Interior Ministry reported the arrest of six individuals in the delegation of Sidi Ali Ben Aoun, governorate of Sidi Bouzid for incitement to terrorism. Their age is between 21 and 27 years old, and these individuals are suspected of belonging to a “takfirist” cell of 9 members.The suspects pledged allegiance to the terrorist organization “Daesh” and confessed their continued contact with terrorist elements in Libya and Syria. They held secret meetings in a mosque in the area to encourage young people to join terrorist groups in conflict zones.
A local employee of the U.S. consulate in Istanbul has been arrested over alleged links to the movement of a U.S.-based Turkish cleric the government accuses of masterminding last year’s failed coup. The U.S., whose ties with Turkey have grown increasingly strained, said the move was unfounded.
The military authorities announced that a high-value target in the Boko Haram war has been captured by the police in Ondo State. According to the Director of Army Public Relations, Sani Usman, Idris Ibrahim Babawo, a top Boko Haram commander, is identified as number 156 in the Boko Haram wanted list. Mr. Babawo, 42, who also goes by the name Idoko or Nagada, was captured while trying to evade arrest. He said that Mr. Babawo escaped from the North-east because of what he described as sustained military onslaught on the insurgents. Boko Haram staged a bloody insurgency in northern Nigeria in 2009 in a bid to establish an Islamic Caliphate. But the military has decimated the group, forcing the insurgents to resort to attacking mainly soft targets in parts of northern Nigeria. At least 2.7 million people have been displaced by the insurgency, especially in Borno and Adamawa States, the epicentre of the bloody campaign.