Seven Algerian police were killed and two others wounded in an ambush yesterday in the region of Tizi Ouzou, some 100 km (60 miles) east of the capital Algiers, the El Watan newspaper’s online edition reported.
The newspaper said when they were attacked the police were escorting private security contractors working for Canadian engineering firm SNC-Lavalin.
No foreigners were hurt in the attack, which took place at about 6:30 am (0530 GMT), the paper said.
In June, the Canadian group signed a contract to build gas treatment facilities in Algeria, the country’s official news agency APS said.
The attack was the deadliest in several months in Algeria, a North African energy producer where security forces are waging a campaign against Islamist militants affiliated to al Qaeda.
Asked to confirm the report, a security source told Reuters: “Yes, there was a big problem in Tizi Ouzou. There were seven (killed).”
Algeria’s Echorouk newspaper also reported the ambush in its online edition.