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Algeria says 6 'terrorists' killed near Sahara oasis town

21 March 2016, 22:07

Algiers — The Algerian Defense Ministry says soldiers have killed six people deemed "terrorists" near an oasis town in the southeast and recovered numerous weapons and ammunition.

An army detachment killed the six Monday morning in the region of the town of Oued Souf, a Sahara Desert oasis, near the Tunisian border and 275 kilometers north of the oil and gas region of Hassi Messaoud. On Friday, an attack with homemade rockets hit a plant for energy groups BP and the Norwegian-based Statoil, and al-Qaida's North African affiliate claimed responsibility. No one was hurt.

The Defense Ministry says the army operation in the Ouef Souf region is still in progress. It says an array of automatic weapons, munitions and two all-terrain vehicles have been seized.

President Abedelaziz Bouteflika called a meeting Sunday to review the security situation.

- AP


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