Algerian security force have reportedly killed an Islamist militant, wearing a suicide vest, before the explosives could be detonated, east of the capital, Algiers.
Algerian security forces shot dead an Islamist militant wearing a suicide bomb belt before he could detonate his explosives in a small town east of the capital Algiers, the state news agency APS said on Thursday.
The militant had been evading Algerian troops patrolling on Wednesday night around Maatkas near Tizi Ouzou in the mountainous region in what was once the stronghold of al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb.
“Trapped by the army, he headed toward the police station in Maatkas, where he was probably planning to blow himself up,” APS said, citing a security source. It said he was shot by the police and had been wearing a bomb belt.
Bombings and other attacks have become rare in Algeria since the North African state emerged from a 1990s decade of war with Islamist militants that killed 200,000 people. But al-Qaeda’s North Africa branch and Islamic State affiliates operate in remote part of the vast, oil-exporting country.