Media reported on Thursday that terrorists linked to Al-Qaeda in Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) are building fortified bunkers in the Sahara desert of Algeria and Mali to protect themselves against any possible aerial attacks.
The members of AQIM have implanted themselves in the desert, gaining revenue from ransoming western captives and illegal trafficking.
Malian Defence Minister and Intelligence Chief said the terrorists want to control the Sahara. Reportedly, the fighters had already laid minefields around their desert hideouts to guard against assaults overland.
Earlier on Wednesday, Algeria’s Interior Minister announced that that Algiers would be implementing a new strategy against “trans-Sahara terrorism” in cooperation with neighbouring countries.