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IS claims killing of Algerian police officer, manhunt launched

Attacks are rare in Algeria but jihadists are still active in remote regions [Getty]

Date of publication: 31 October, 2016

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The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the killing of an Algerian police officer while he was reportedly dining in a restaurant
The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for the killing of an Algerian police officer while he was reportedly dining in a restaurant.

The group has been trying to expand in Algeria, where al-Qaeda’s North African branch and other Islamic extremist groups have been based and have long fought Algerian authorities.

The IS-affiliated Amaq news agency said in a statement that IS fighters shot the officer and seized his weapon in the attack on Friday in Constantine, 400 kilometers (240 miles) east of the capital Algiers.

It later posted a picture of what it said was the officer’s gun.

Algerian authorities confirmed the police officer was killed by an unnamed “terrorist group,” but didn’t provide details or comment on the IS claim.

The attackers are at large.

On Sunday, Algerian counter-terrorism forces launched a manhunt near Constantine after the policeman was killed, according to security sources.

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