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Algeria says soldier killed in clash with armed group

By AFP - Jun 21,2020 - Last updated at Jun 21,2020

ALGIERS — An Algerian soldier was killed during a clash with militants in the central region of Ain Defla, the defence ministry said on Sunday, adding that an operation was still under way.

An army detachment clashed with "an armed terrorist group", during an ambush on Saturday in the Gaadet Lahdjar area, in the prefecture of Ain Defla, killing corporal Mostafa Znanda, the ministry said in a statement.

Algerian authorities use the term "terrorist" to describe armed militants who have been active in the country since the early 1990s.

Security measures have been taken to seal and search the area and pursue the "criminals", the ministry added.

In May, the army announced it had killed two extremists in the Ain Defla prefecture and seized weapons, ammunition and food products.

And in February, an Algerian soldier was killed in a car bomb attack in Timiaouine, in the south of the country on the border with Mali.

The army regularly announces the arrest or death of militants in different regions of the country.

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