Tour Guide Convicted in Plot to Kidnap, Sell Tourists to Al Qaeda Affiliate

Algeria's official news agency says a court in the capital has convicted a tour guide on charges he plotted to kidnap a group of European tourists and sell them to the North African Al Qaeda affiliate.

The APS report says the 36-year-old man, Mohamed Afrokada, was sentenced to five years in prison.

The report cites court documents as saying that Afrokada and four other tour guides were behind a 2010 plot to kidnap tourists traveling in the desert Tamanrasset region, in southern Algeria and sell them to Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb. The documents said that Algerian security forces derailed the plot.

The four other alleged plotters fled to Mali, the APS report said.

The court in Algiers handed down the verdict Wednesday.