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January 21, 2013 5:35 PM

Algeria’s prime minister describes militant attack, defends intervention

Algeria’s prime minister spoke publicly Monday for the first time about militants’ kidnapping of hundreds of foreign and Algerian workers last week, describing an international group of militants, including at least one Canadian who “coordinated” a well-organized attack that killed 37 people.That an international group of militants could travel hundreds miles from Mali, where al Qaida has evolved from a kidnapping group to a terrorist organization, raised new fears about the threat that the rise of Islamic extremism poses to the north African and U.S. interests here.

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