14 Al­ge­rian soldiers killed in am­bush

Daily Trust - - INTERNATIONAL -

Four­teen Al­ge­rian soldiers died af­ter an at­tack late Satur­day by sus­pected Is­lamist mil­i­tants. Al­ge­ria’s state news agency says the soldiers were am­bushed in the moun­tain­ous Tizi Ou­zou re­gion while re­turn­ing from se­cu­rity du­ties re­lated to Thurs­day’s pres­i­den­tial elec­tion.

Pres­i­dent Abe­laziz Boute­flika was elected to a fourth term in the poll de­spite poor health.

Reuters news agency cites an un­named se­cu­rity source as say­ing the at­tack­ers are from al-Qaida’s north African branch.

The at­tack oc­curred in the vil­lage of Iboudraren, about 120 kilo­me­ters east of Al­giers.

Ac­cord­ing to the state news agency, 11 soldiers were killed im­me­di­ately and three oth­ers later died of their in­juries.

Al­ge­ria fought a war against Is­lamist mil­i­tants in the 1990s and continues to deal with pe­ri­odic mil­i­tant at­tacks. Last year, an al-Qaida-af­fil­i­ated group at­tacked the Ame­nas nat­u­ral gas plant, killing at least 40 for­eign work­ers.

Rebels have killed 14 Al­ge­rian soldiers in an am­bush dur­ing a pa­trol in the moun­tains east of Al­giers.

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