Unregistered SIMs deactivated to counter terrorist threat

2 Jun 2008

Algeria’s telecoms regulator, the Regulation Authority of Post and Telecommunications, has said that more than three million unregistered SIM cards have been deactivated to help prevent terrorists using mobile phones to remotely detonate bombs. Recent explosions claimed by al-Qaeda in north Africa have been set off using unregistered pre-paid mobile phones, Reuters reports. New regulations have been introduced in Algeria which require ID cards to be shown when buying a new mobile handset. The country is home to more than 20 million mobile users.