Algerian offensive kills 2 militants
25 April 2014, 18:05
Algiers - Algerian soldiers have killed two armed
Islamists and recovered weapons and ammunition in an operation 100km west of
the capital, the defence ministry said on Friday.
The deaths came amid an ongoing hunt for Islamists linked
to an attack in the rugged Kabylie region last Saturday in which 11 soldiers
"The army succeeded in eliminating two terrorists in
the Gouraya region of Tipaza province," a statement on the ministry's
"Two Kalashnikov assault rifles, three home-made
grenades and a large amount of ammunition were recovered."
The pair were killed as part of an "anti-terrorist
operation" launched after the 11 soldiers and three militants were killed
in Kabylie just two days after a presidential election returned Abdelaziz
Bouteflika for a fourth term.
The slain troops had been from a unit deployed as part of
a nationwide security operation for the controversial leadership contest.
Kabylie is a mountainous and wooded region east of
Algiers and a bastion of al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, which regularly
targets the security forces.
Violence blamed on Islamists has declined considerably in
recent years, but militants who battled the army during the civil war in the
1990s and later formed AQIM still operate in the Kabylie area.
The last major attack by Islamist groups there was in
April 2011, when 10 soldiers were killed at a military post in Azazga, east of
regional capital Tizi Ouzou.