25 suspected terrorists killed over weekend

March 2, 2008 12:00:00 AM PST
Two Algerian newspapers say security forces killed 25 suspected members of an al-Qaida affiliate in North Africa in a weekend operation east of the capital. The two Arabic-language papers, Ech Chourouk and Al Djazair News, said in their Sunday editions that security forces chased some 30 Islamic insurgents planting roadside bombs Friday night back into their refuge.

The papers, which sited unnamed, informed sources, said troops then called in helicopters and assaulted the hideout early Saturday with rockets and helicopter fire, killing 25.

There was no official confirmation of the operation between the Tizi-Ouzou and Bejaie regions.

Algeria has been fighting an Islamic insurgency since 1992.