Algerian army kills 21 extremists who planned to hit capital

Algerian army troops killed 21 armed Islamic extremists who were meeting Tuesday in a forest to plan attacks on the country’s capital, a ranking gendarmerie official said. The official said that two others were captured in the assault on the group meeting in the Boukram forest in Boumerdes, some 20 kilometers (about 13 miles) from Algiers. A dozen Kalashnikovs, three rocket launchers and dozens of homemade bombs were recovered. It was the deadliest assault on extremists in recent times in Algeria where al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, or AQIM, carries out sporadic attacks east of Algiers.



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