Algerian troops kill 16 militants
Algerian troops killed at least 16 Islamic militants during a sweep in a mountainous region of northeastern Algeria, a newspaper reported Monday.
The army launched the operation in the Aures region to hunt down an Islamic rebel group that ambushed a military convoy on Jan. 4, killing 49 soldiers, Liberte newspaper reported. During the sweep, soldiers found weapons that were taken in the ambush, the report said.
Soldiers forced the militants out of their hide-outs, pushing them up into the snowcapped Aures, near the city of Batna, some 440 kilometers east of the capital, the paper added. (Albawaba.com)