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Algerian troops seize 40 weapons on border with Mali

North Africa –– The Algerian defense ministry said it has discovered as many as 40 weapons and several amounts of ammunition on Sunday near the border with Mali.

A spokesman for the defense ministry informed media entities that army troops were patrolling in the southernmost locality of Bordj Badji Mokhtar, near the border with Mali, before they discovered a bunker containing a massive amount of weapons and ammunition.

The armaments included two RPG-2 rocket launchers, four RPK machine guns, two FMPK machine guns, four PKT machine guns, 14 Kalashnikov machine guns, seven Seminov semi-automatic rifles and seven repeating rifles, according to a prepared release.

Military analysts say this is not the first time that Algerian troops have found weapon bunkers along the southern and southeastern borders. Algeria faces ongoing terrorist threats, insecurity and political instabilities as a result of its proximity to Mali and other jihadists’ infested territories.

According the North African state’s defense officials, tens of thousands of troops have been deployed on the eastern and southern borders to thwart potential intrusion of militants and arms, amid instability reigning in Mali and civil war hitting Libya.

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Paul Stevens

Paul Stevens is a researcher, media issues analyst and senior contributor with Globe Afrique.

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