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Algerian army kills five Islamist militants

Islamists killed by Algerian troopsAlgerian troops ambushed and killed five armed Islamists in an ongoing operation in an eastern region known as a former stronghold for hardline militants, the defence ministry said.

Five Kalashnikov rifles and a quantity of ammunition were also recovered during the operation by the army on Wednesday in the Bouira province, the statement said.

Bouira was inside a stronghold for Islamist militants during a war with between government and fighters in the 1990s that left 200,000 people dead.

Violence has declined in Algeria since then. But al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and small bands of militants allied to Islamic State have been active in some remote mountains and in the southern desert border regions.

 

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