Islamic extremists set up a false roadblock, stopped a van, cut the throats of its four occupants and set it on fire, a newspaper reported Monday.
The daily El-Acil said the ambush occurred Saturday on a winding, isolated stretch of road near Mechta El-Guendoula, east of Algiers.
According to other reports, government security forces killed three armed Islamic extremists on Saturday during raids at Baghlia, east of the capital.
The newspaper El Khabar said 15 terrorists had been killed in latest such sweeps by government troops during the last week.
At least 1,000 people have been reported killed in Algeria, including more than 200 Islamic extremists, since a six-month amnesty called by the government for the fighters expired on January 13th - ALGIERS (AFP)
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