Five militants were killed and four were wounded Thursday night in clashes with the Algerian army near the Algeria-Niger borders, the Algeria Press Agency (APS) reported on Friday.

The militants were attempting to sneak into Algeria through the southern town of In Guezzam near the Niger border, APS quoted the country’s defense ministry as saying.

The militants were all foreign nationals, including one from Libya, said the ministry, adding that an investigation was under way. […]