Algerian troops have killed at least 14 armed militants in the past two days in an operation in an eastern region known as a former stronghold for hardline militants, the Defence Ministry said in a statement yesterday.
Troops ambushed and killed five militants on Wednesday and have since killed nine more during the operation by the army in the Bouira province, around 70 kilometres east of the capital Algiers, the statement said.
It did not give further details about the militants or which group they belonged to. Bouira was inside one of the strongholds for Islamist militants during a war between the government and fighters in the 1990s that left 200,000 people dead.
Islamists won Algerian elections in 1990, but war broke out after the hardline secularist establishment could not accept their democratic win.