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The Black Death Claims Algerian Al Qaeda Cell

By KJ Mullins     Jan 20, 2009 in World
It is believed that the Black Death has come to an Al Qaeda Algerian training camp. Reports are coming in that 40 members of the terrorist group have died from Bubonic Plague.
It has been claimed that the terror cell AQLIM (al Qaeda in the Land of the Islamic Maghreb)has had its Yakouren camp turn into a mass grave. A militant's body dumped at a roadside tested positive for the plague.
There are fears that the plague may have been passed to other members including Taliban fighters in Afghanistan. Could those training to become suicide bombers turn to medical personnel in order to escape the painful death that the plague will bring?
The Daily Mail reports:
‘This is the deadliest weapon yet in the war against terror,’ a security source told The Sun:
‘Most of the terrorists do not have the basic medical supplies needed to treat the disease.
‘It spreads quickly and kills within hours. This will be really worrying al-Qaeda.’
The enclave in Tizi Ouzou is the largest al Qaeda group outside of the Middle East. Their members train to kill British and American troops. AQLIM has claimed to be behind the bombing of the 2007 at the UN headquarters in Algiers where 41 people were killed.
While it is possible that those in the training camp caught the plague from rat flea bites another terrifying possibility is that the group was developing the disease itself. If that is the case it means that the al-Qaeda sect has been experimenting with a deadly way to kill others.
The Telegraph reports:
Dr Igor Khrupinov, a biological weapons expert at Georgia University, told The Sun: "Al-Qaeda is known to experiment with biological weapons. And this group has direct communication with other cells around the world.
"Contagious diseases, like ebola and anthrax, occur in northern Africa. It makes sense that people are trying to use them against Western governments."
During the Middle Ages the Bubonic Plague killed 75 million people in North Africa, Asia and Europe. It is spread by bites from infected rat fleas. Painful boils attack the groin, neck and armpit. The Pneumonic Plague strain is much more dangerous. It is an airborne bacteria that spreads quickly bringing death in a matter of hours.
In developed countries the threat of plague has been countered by medications. The World Health Organization though says that between 1989 and 2003 2,845 died from the reported 38,000 cases. Most of these cases took place in southern Asia, southern Africa and central America.
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