Suspected Islamist gunmen killed seven police officers in Algeria in an ambush, local newspapers reported on Monday. The attackers activated home-made bombs on two vehicles carrying police officers and then opened fire, killing five police officers and injuring three others on Sunday in Tizi Ouzou province, about 100km east of Algiers, the newspapers reported.
Two more police officers died later from their injuries after being taken to hospital, El Watan, Le Soir d'Algerie and Le Quotidien d'Oran dailies added. At least two attackers died in a clash following the ambush, said El Watan.
No group has claimed responsibility for Sunday's attack, which came a day after three Algerians and a Russian died in a roadside bombing.
It should be noted that seven bombs went off almost simultaneously in the same province last month, killing six people.