ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) _ Security forces said Monday they killed an Islamic militant leader who had been sought by police for nearly two years.

Houmel Mohammed Arezki, an associate of jailed leaders of the outlawed Islamic Salvation Front, was among eight people killed in weekend political violence.

Security forces said they shot and killed Arezki on Saturday in a forest about 60 miles east of Algiers. He was suspected of commanding militants who repeatedly have attacked security forces and prominent Algerians.

Four other Islamic fundamentalists reportedly were killed by security forces Sunday in Ouled Aissa near Algiers.

Unidentified gunmen killed two police officers and a civilian in three attacks Saturday, security forces said.

More than 2,000 people have died since the government canceled January 1992 elections that fundamentalists were expected to win. A military crackdown on the fundamentalists triggered a backlash of assassinations and bombings.