Algerian security forces foil planned armed attack by separatists -TV

CAIRO, Oct 13 (Reuters) - Algerian security forces foiled a plot to carry out an armed attack by separatists aided by "the Zionist entity" (Israel) and a North African country, Ennahar TV said on Wednesday.

Seventeen members of a separatist group that authorities have declared a terrorist organisation called "MAK" were arrested and documents indicating continuous contact with the "the Zionist entity" organizations and weapons were seized, Ennahar TV added.

In August, the government accused MAK and another group of being behind the devastating forest fires, which hit several provinces in Algeria, including Tizi Ouzou, adding that one of them was backed by Morocco and Israel.

Algeria cut diplomatic relations with Morocco later in August, citing what it called hostile actions by its most populous neighbour with which it has had strained relations for decades. read more

(This story corrects to add details (not denials) on separatist group, number of people arrested, background)

Reporting by Lilian Wagdy and Omar Fahmy, writing by Alaa Swilam Editing by Gareth Jones and Bernadette Baum

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