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Algerian army kills 2 armed militants near capital

May 13, 2014

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria’s Ministry of Defense says two militant Islamist were killed in an ambush in Boumerdes province east of the capital.

The statement said the armed men were killed early Tuesday.

After a decade of civil war in the 1990s, the Algerian state largely defeated a tenacious Islamist insurgency through a combination of amnesty and brute force.

But over the past weeks there has been increased fighting between government forces and remnants of the insurgency.

On Monday, extremists ambushed an army patrol near Jijel, 120 miles (200 kilometers) east of the capital, killing a major and wounding 20 soldiers, according to local media.

Army units clashed with a band of militants in the desert near Algeria’s southern border with Mali on May 5, killing a dozen extremists, the defense ministry said.

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