Black Death Wipes Out al-Qaeda Camp in Algeria
Bubonic plague wiped out 40 recruits at Algerian base
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 20, 2009 5:33 AM CST
An epidemic of bubonic plague is believed to have wiped out an al-Qaeda training camp in Algeria.   (©jaysen)
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(Newser) – Bubonic plague is believed to have wiped out dozens of al-Qaeda recruits at a terror training camp in Algeria, the Daily Mail reports. The epidemic came to light when security forces found a militant's diseased body dumped on a roadside. Security sources say the plague forced the group to turn its hideout into a mass grave and flee, possibly infecting other terror cells. Some experts speculate that the deaths occurred as the cell was attempting to develop biological weapons.