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Five Al-Qaeda militants killed in Algeria

ALGIERS, May 18 (KUNA) -- Algerian security forces killed five Al-Qaeda militants in Tizi Ouzou province 120 kilometers to the east of Algiers, a statement by the Algerian authority said Monday.
The terrorists were killed by an ambush set by the security forces to prevent them from attacking the area, it said.
The authorities seized five AK-47 machineguns as well as ammunitions and transferred the corpses to the hospital to identify them, it said.
Security and army forces killed six militia members in different Algerian areas since the beginning of May.
The attacks targeted Al-Qaeda hideouts such as in Boumerdas and Tizi Ouzou. The attacks notably decreased in the past months due to the strict security measures Algeria is taking. (end) ft.aia KUNA 182002 May 09NNNN