Monday, 16 September 2019 06:53 GMT

Algeria security forces kill 12 jihadists in a week

(MENAFN - The Peninsula) Tunisian soldiers stand guard in the mountainous border region near Algeria where security forces have been hunting Al-Qaeda linked jihadists on June 6 2013. AFP Abderrazek Khlifi

Algiers: Algerian troops on Monday killed a jihadist east of the capital the defence ministry said bringing to 12 the number of gunmen killed by security forces in a week.

The jihadist was killed during a military operation in Tadmait 80 kilometres (50 miles) outside Algiers it said two days after three others were killed in the same area.

The army killed a jihadist in El Oued further south near the Tunisian border on Saturday it said after killing six more in the desert area in a week.

Algerian police had also killed a jihadist wearing an explosives belt in the Tizi Ouzou area east of the capital on Wednesday security sources said.

A total of "157 terrorists including 10 commanders" were killed or arrested in military operations last year according to the defence ministry.

A brutal civil war in the 1990s between the government and Islamists killed 200000 people.

Despite adopting a peace and reconciliation charter in 2005 aimed at turning the page on the conflict armed groups remain active in the centre and east of Algeria.


Algeria security forces kill 12 jihadists in a week

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