Monday, 16 September 2019 06:34 GMT

Algeria army kills 109 'terrorists' arrests 36 in 2015: ministry

(MENAFN - The Peninsula) Algerian soldiers stand guard at the In Amenas gas plant. The attack on the plant in which 38 foreign workers died has put Algeria in the front line of the war on terrorism Photo: REUTERS

Algiers:The Algerian army killed a total of 109 "terrorists" the term used by the government for armed Islamist fighters and arrested another 36 in 2015 a defence ministry toll published Monday said.

Troops also seized explosives assault rifles rocket launchers as well as "a large amount of all sorts of munitions including 182 improvised bombs 132 mines and five rockets" the ministry said in a statement.

The ministry gave no figure for the military's losses in the same period.

A dozen soldiers were killed in mid-July in an ambush laid by jihadists southwest of Algiers.

Algeria suffered a war in the 1990s between the government and Islamists that killed 200000 people. Armed groups remain active in the centre and east of the country.


Algeria army kills 109 'terrorists' arrests 36 in 2015: ministry

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