ISIS Claims Killing Of Algerian Police Officer

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 tried 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 ISIS-affiliated Amaq news agency said in a statement that ISIS fighters shot the officer and seized his weapon in the attack Friday in Constantine, 400km east of the capital Algiers. It later posted a picture of what it said was the officer’s gun.

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Algerian authorities confirmed the police officer was killed by an unnamed “terrorist group”, but didn’t give details or comment on the ISIS claim. The attackers are at large.


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