Al­ge­rian army kills six armed Is­lamists

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

The Al­ge­rian army yes­ter­day killed six armed Is­lamists dur­ing an on­go­ing se­cu­rity op­er­a­tion west of Al­giers, the de­fence min­istry said. Weapons and am­mu­ni­tion were also re­cov­ered, it said. The six sus­pects were killed in the Saf­safa area near Ti­paza. Al­ge­ri­ans had hoped that a 2005 peace and rec­on­cil­i­a­tion char­ter would turn the page on a 1991-2002 civil war that cost 200,000 lives. But Is­lamist groups re­main ac­tive in some ar­eas, largely tar­get­ing se­cu­rity forces. At least 71 armed Is­lamists have been killed by Al­ge­rian se­cu­rity forces this year, ac­cord­ing to an AFP tally of of­fi­cial fig­ures.

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