Never grant concessions to the mujahedin. They will only see them as a sign of weakness. “Rebel militants kill five,” from AFP, with thanks to DFS:
ALGERIAN militants killed five civilians, including a mayor, stepping up attacks days after the start of an amnesty for rebels aimed at ending more than a decade of strife, residents and newspapers said overnight.
Suspected members of al Qaeda-linked group the Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat (GSPC) shot dead mayor Brahim Jellab outside his house on Friday night in Boumerdes province, 50 km east of the capital Algiers, residents said….
Algeria began an amnesty this month as part of efforts to end violence that broke out when the authorities cancelled elections in 1992 that a now-banned Islamic party was poised to win. An estimated 200,000 people have been killed since then.
The peace drive includes the mass release of jailed Islamic militants as well as compensation for victims, including the families of about 8,000 missing people.
The amnesty gave those rebels still fighting six months to surrender, provided they were not involved in massacres, rapes or bombings of public places.