Islamist gunmen have killed two soldiers in western Algeria less than a week after extremist-linked militants beheaded a French hostage they abducted east of the capital, press reports said Monday.

The two soldiers were ambushed on Sunday as they inspected a power plant in the town of Telagh, 150 kilometers south of Algeria’s second city Oran, the reports said.

Islamist militants, some of them loyal to Al-Qaeda, remain active in several areas of Algeria more than a decade after the end of the country’s devastating 1992-2002 civil war. […]