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Algeria army kills six armed Islamists: report

Published on 1 January 2013 - 6:44pm
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Algerian troops killed six armed Islamists overnight, seizing assault rifles and ammunition in the Boumerdes region east of the capital, the APS news agency quoted a security source as saying on Tuesday.

The incident occurred during an army operation in Bouzegza, 50 kilometres (30 miles) from Algiers.

Members of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb are active in Boumerdes and the neighbouring province of Tizi Ouzou.

AQIM, which stems from a group started in the late 1990s by radical Algerian Islamists, formally subscribed to Al-Qaeda's ideology in 2007. After a string of high-profile attacks, the army managed to severely curtail its operations.

It has since been boosted by the turmoil in neighbouring Mali that followed a coup there in March, with hardline Islamists occupying the country's vast northern region.

© ANP/AFP
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