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Crackdown on resisting gunmen continues

ALGIERS, Algeria, June 6 (UPI) -- The Algerian army is besieging 30 Islamic gunmen in east Algeria as part of a bid to crack down on armed groups refusing to join a national reconciliation pact.

Daily al-Balad Tuesday quoted a security source as saying that joined forces from internal security and special army forces, backed by paratroopers, are encircling the resisting gunmen in the provinces of Tabsa and Batina.

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The forces are tightening the siege around the gunmen, who are hiding in caves that overlook the beach.

The operation is a replica of what the army undertook in the rugged mountains of Sadat, in Jijil province in east Algeria, when it killed some 40 gunmen who were hiding in caves and refused to surrender.

These operations are on the rise, with less than three months until a deadline served to gunmen to repent and accept a national reconciliation pact expires.

The pact, proposed by President Abdel Aziz Boutefliqa to end a decade of violence, was approved by an overwhelming majority of Algerians during a referendum held last year. Boutefliqa threatened to crack down on armed groups who refuse to join the pact and are destabilizing the country.

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