The Algerian army killed four armed Islamists overnight in an ambush south of the capital, the defence ministry announced Thursday.

“During an operation carried out by a unit of the ANP (Algerian army)… four terrorists were eliminated at around midnight, during an ambush” on a road near Berrouaghia, in the Medea region, 120 kilometres (75 miles) south of Algiers, the ministry said.

Weapons recovered by the soldiers included a Kalashnikov assault rifle, a Simonov semi-automatic rifle and two grenades. […]