ALGIERS (AFP) – Algerian security forces killed at least 10 armed Islamists southeast of the capital Algiers, APS news agency quoted security officials as saying.
Security forces intercepted the suspected extremists as they were driving near the village of Slim, west of the town of M’sila 250 kilometres (160 miles) from the capital after a tip-off and seized a “large quantity” of weapons.
Four armed extremists were killed in the same area in mid-December.
According to security officials and press reports, more than 30 Islamists have been killed by security forces over the last weeks.
Algeria is wracked by low-level guerrilla warfare by Muslim fundamentalists against the secular government and security forces.