Algerian soldiers killed five gunmen during anti-militant operations, the defence ministry and army said Friday, a day after raiding the suspected hideout of jihadists who beheaded a French hostage.

Three suspected militants were killed on Friday in the area of Bouria, 120 kilometres (75 miles) east of Algiers, the ministry said in a statement.

Two Kalashnikovs and a semi-automatic rifle were seized, it added. […]