Forest fires and murder of Djamel: Algeria accuses Rachad and the MAK

President Abdelmadjid Tebboune chaired, this Wednesday, August 18, 2021, an exceptional meeting of the High Security Council (HCS) with the presence of the Army Chief of Staff, Said Chengriha.

According to a press release from the Presidency of the Republic, several issues were raised during the meeting, including the case of the murder of Djamel Bensmail who was lynched to death on August 11 in Larbaâ Nath Irathen, in the wilaya of Tizi-Ouzou.

During the meeting, the High Security Council accused the Islamist movement Rachad and the movement for the autonomy of Kabylia (MAK) of being behind the assassination of young Djamel. The HCS also accused “the two terrorist movements” of being involved in the forest fires that have struck several regions of the country in recent days.

“The High Security Council has decided, in addition to taking care of the wounded, to intensify the efforts of the security services for the arrest of the rest of the individuals involved in the two crimes, as well as all the members of the two terrorist movements who threaten public security and national unity, until their total eradication ”, we read in the press release sanctioning the meeting.

Diplomatic tensions with Morocco on the menu

Referring to the diplomatic crisis with Morocco, the members of the High Security Council decided to review relations with the neighboring country with a strengthening of security at the Algerian-Moroccan borders.

“The incessant hostile acts perpetrated by Morocco against Algeria have necessitated the revision of relations between the two countries and the intensification of security controls at the western borders,” said the same source, accusing the Makhzen and Israel of supporting the MAK.

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