Senior terrorist official surrenders to Algerian authorities

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ALGIERS, Aug. 11 (Xinhua) — A senior official of a terrorist group in the African Sahel region has surrendered to military authorities, said Algerian Defense Ministry on Saturday announced in a statement.

The statement said that Abzou Aissa, alias Soltane Oueld Badi, laid down his arms on Saturday to military authorities in the southern province of Tamanrasset, near the border with Mali and Niger.

The surrendered militant had in his possession a Kalashnikov submachine gun and 250 bullets of different calibers.

The statement specified that the militant joined terrorist groups in 2006, “as he used to be among the senior officials of terrorist organizations in the Sahel region.”

This successful operation confirmed “the positive results obtained by counterterrorism troops,” said the statement.

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