ALGERIA: AL-QAEDA BOSS SENTENCED TO DEATH
January 19, 2013: An Algerian court sentenced to death the fugitive head of Al-Qaeda's North Africa branch in connection with a 2007 twin suicide attack, APS news agency reported.
Abdelmalek Droukdel, who heads Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), was sentenced in connection with bombings on a government building and offices of the UN's refugee committee in Algiers that killed 26 people and wounded 177.
Ten other accomplices were also sentenced to death, six of them in absentia, APS said, adding only four of the defendants in the case were in the courtroom to hear the verdict.
The sentences were announced as another Al-Qaeda-linked group in Algeria seized foreign and local hostages at a remote gas plant near the border with Libya. (Sources: AFP, 19/01/2013)