Algerian army kills six armed Islamists
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.