Algerian forces discover bodies of five Islamist fighters
In Algeria, security forces have discovered the bodies of five suspected Islamic fighters in the northeast of the country, newspapers reported on Saturday.
The charred remains were found during part of a continuous army crackdown on armed extremists in the Kabylie province in which the authorities announced last week that they had killed at least 11 Islamic extremists.
According to AFP, the press on Saturday also reported that seven extremists, including a woman, had been captured alive during the security swoop. Newspapers said the insurgents were believed to be part of a group of some 100 fighters who were surrounded by the army near Bouira, in the foothills of the Djurdjura mountains.
They reportedly belong to the Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat (GSPC). The 11 were killed as they were allegedly preparing to hold a conference, chaired by GSPC leader Hassan Hattab, in the Haizer hills, part of the Djurdjura moutain range. (Albawaba.com)