Claims are being reported that the Algerian military have killed about 10 on the responsible insurgents. See report at end of this posting.
All considered the attack on Djanet airport was pretty bold. There is nothing much between the airport and Niger except for a wire fence around the runway and so the getaway back to Niger is not difficult. But the attack will bring a lot of attention on the Djado region from Algeria. In the past this region has been beyond Niger's reach but across the political border from Algeria. Assuming that the rebels were based in Niger. My guess is that the Algerians will be using some resources to fly that region now.
For overlanders the area around Djanet is probably safer now than it was 2 weeks ago but at what price in terms of military activity, road blocks and the like. Given that the Amguid region and surrounding pistes are still closed following the kidnappings of 4 years ago, one wonders what restrictions will now be imposed in the desert around Djanet.
"Algerian army forces killed the terrorists who attacked an airport southern Algeria on Thursday damaging a military aircraft.
About ten terrorists carried out at Djanet airport in the far south-eastern part of Algeria at 4 a.m. on Thursday, according to security sources.
The armed group fired shots from a distance of around 800 metres on a military aircraft and a helicopter in the airport. The military aircraft was seriously damaged but it did not burn nor did it explode, said the same sources.
No human casualties were reported as no one was on the aircrafts.
The army forces immediately responded and carried out military operation in the desert using helicopters. The terrorists who escaped across the desert were caught and killed by the army forces.
Investigations into this event are underway to know the background of the attack and identify the terrorist organisation behind it.
Story by : A.Oussama translated by : Halima Nine"
Echorouk Online - Army kills airport attackers in southern Algeria