At least 11 Algerian soldiers killed in clashes with Islamists
Many Algerians in Kabylie took to the streets last Thursday in protest of Bouteflika's bid for a fourth term as president (Farouk Batiche/AFP)
At least eleven soldiers were killed in the south of Algeria at the hands of Islamist militants Sunday, according to Agence France Presse.
Security sources reported that the soldiers were ambushed in the Kabylie region east of Algiers. In addition to the 11 soldiers who were killed, 14 others were wounded and one militant also died.
Sunday's attack follows clashes between security forces and youth in Kabylie Thursday who were allegedly trying to disrupt the presidential election vote largely in protest of what many citizens see as ailing president Abdelaziz Bouteflika's continued corrupt role in the leadership.
The 77-year-old Bouteflika won Thursday's polls, garnering over 80 percent of the vote, according to government statistics.