The Algerian army shot dead an Islamist in a mountainous region east of the capital Algiers, the defence ministry said Sunday.

It said “a terrorist was shot dead” on Saturday in an area between Tizi-Ouzou and Boumerdes, located 120 and 50 kilometres (75 and 30 miles) from Algiers, respectively.

A hunting rifle and three bombs were recovered during the operation, the defence ministry said in a statement on its website.