Algerian authorities detained 17 people in Tissemsilt for providing information about the movement of police, gendarmerie and army to an Al-Qaeda terrorist cell.
According to the Ministry of Defense, the 17 were arrested following intelligence tip off from suspicious residents and investigation for weeks.
According to the Defense source, the statements of the two detainees helped detain the rest of the cell members. The rest of the cell members are being interrogated to know more about other members and the terrorist scheme that was being planned.
Meanwhile, Algerian armed forces have launched large-scale military operations in northern and border areas to track terror groups and smuggling barons.
Security forces also shelled and destroyed terrorists’ strongholds and thwarted smuggling operations in the second, fourth and sixth military regions.
The Algerian air force’s fighters and reconnaissance aircrafts have intensified their flights in several areas in eastern areas as well as above mountainous and other strategic passages and border crossings with aim of preventing the infiltration of Algerian borders by Tunisian or Libyan armed groups.