Government forces have killed 15 armed Islamic militants over the last four days in Algeria, security forces said Saturday.
Troops encircled the eastern coastal town of Bordj el-Kiffan Wednesday and clashed with Muslim extremists there, the government said in a communique. Five of the militants were now “no longer harmful,” it said, suggesting they were killed.
Gunfire sounded through the area for several hours, witnesses said.
The other militants were killed between Tuesday and Friday in Relizane, Blida, Jijel and Bordj Menaiel, the communique said.