Militant cell in Algeria bust


Algerian troops and police dismantled a militant cell planning attacks during election gatherings, Ennahar TV reported.

It said the cell was discovered in the western city Oran and was three strong. Security operations were continuing in the area. It was not immediately clear whether the cell was affiliated with al Qaeda or Islamic State, both have branches in Algeria.

The country has been convulsed by weeks of mass protests demanding the removal of the aged political elite. President Abdelaziz Bouteflika reversed plans to seek a fifth term, postponed elections set for next month and promised to introduce greater freedoms.