Al Qaeda Terrorists Fled Libyan Prisons, Joined Rebels - Report

World | August 26, 2011, Friday // 12:44|  views

Libyan rebel fighters rest in a makeshift tent on the back of a captured tank at a checkpoint near Ras Lanuf, east of Tripoli and Sirte, Libya, on 25 August 2011. EPA/BGNES

Many Al Qaeda members have fled prisons in Libya after the practical collapse of Muammar Gaddafi's regime, allegedly joining rebel forces, an Algerian paper states.

The fugitives are allegedly Libyan Al Qaeda members, who were handed over to the former Libyan government by Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia and other countries, the El Khabar daily says, citing security sources.

It is also reported that such terrorists have ended up joining the armed rebel forces in Libya. "This situation increases Algeria's suspicions that jihadists prevail within the armed opposition in Libya," the paper reckons.

Algeria has an approximately 1000 km-long border with Libya but has not recognized the National Transitional Council yet.

"A variety of factors within Algeria's policy on foreign affairs and security call for waiting a more appropriate moment to take this decision," according to El Khabar.

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Tags: Libya, Algeria, rebels, Muammar Gaddafi, Al Qaeda, terrorists, National Transitional Council


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