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Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat (GSPC) Attacks in Kanshela and Skikda
By SITE Institute
May 16, 2005

A message posted to a jihadist message yesterday, May 15, 2005, by a poster affiliated with the Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat (GSPC), Abu Ayub the Algeria, describes two attacks upon ?converted soldiers of the converted army in Alegria,? allegedly perpetrated by the group in Kanshela and Skikda.

The GSPC, an outgrowth of the Algerian Armed Islamic Group (AIG), in recent years has become the preeminent jihadist organization in Algeria and overseas and is considered responsible for most of the over 900 individuals killed within Algeria by Jihadist violence. On March 11, 2005, as reported by the SITE Institute, the GSPC issued a fatwah justifying the murder of ?the Jews and the Christians and all other nonbelievers? in Algeria.

According to the message, the GSPC set up an ambush in Kaneshela that allegedly killed 12 Algerian soldiers of a military patrol. The operation was executed with a ?RPG bomb? and ?a hale of bullets.? The same day, an explosive package was detonated on a army patrol and as a result: ?two soldiers dead and 5 more wounded; three of them were seriously wounded.?

A full translation of the message is provided to our Intel Service members.


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