"Al-Qaeda Snatched Missiles" in Libya

(AFP) Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), al-Qaeda's offshoot in North Africa, has snatched surface-to-air missiles from an arsenal in Libya during the civil strife there, Chad's President says. Idriss Deby Itno told the African weekly Jeune Afrique: "The Islamists of al-Qaeda took advantage of the pillaging of arsenals in the rebel zone to acquire arms, including surface-to-air missiles, which were then smuggled into their sanctuaries in Tenere," a desert region of the Sahara in Niger and Chad. "AQIM is becoming a genuine army, the best equipped in the region."

2011-03-28 00:00:00

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