Security tightened up in Algeria following Gaddafi's family arrival over terror attack fears
Algiers, Aug 30 (ANI): Security has been tightened in Algeria following the arrival of Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's family over fears that the country might be attacked by terrorists.
Gaddafi's wife Safiya, her sons Mohammed and Hannibal and daughter Ayesha reportedly reached Algeria yesterday morning after fleeing their troubled country Libya.
They were welcomed in the country despite the fact that just three days before 36 people were killed by al-Qaeda suicide bombers protesting against Algeria's support for Gaddafi's crumbling regime. The attack on the Chechell military academy, some 80 miles west of Algiers, was one of the worst terrorist atrocities ever in the North African country, and everything is now being done to try and avoid a repeat, The Telegraph reports.
The paper quoted an Interior Ministry source as saying that security has been stepped up after the country chose to help Gaddafi on humanitarian grounds.
Libya's new government, the National Transitional Council (NTC), wants to try them for crimes against humanity and has accused Algeria of an a act of aggression' by harbouring them.
The Algerian government source said al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), an offshoot of the worldwide terrorist group which responsible for the massacre in Chechell, had pledged further atrocities.
Algerian authorities refused to reveal if the dictator was with his family, sparking furious accusations that they had allowed the 'Mad Dog' of Libya to escape justice.
The Italian news agency ANSA cited 'authoritative Libyan diplomatic sources' as saying that Gaddafi and his sons Saadi and Saif al-Islam are still in the town of Bani Walid south of Tripoli. (ANI)
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