Algeria army kills 12 gunmen, arms seized

The Algerian military has killed 12 gunmen, including three wanted criminals, in provinces outside the capital, the defence ministry announced on Saturday.

The ministry, in a statement quoted by Algeria's APS news service, said the 12 gunmen were killed in clashes on Friday and Saturday in the governorates of Chlef and Boumerdes, after which weapons and a large amount of ammunition were seized.

Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb has been active in Boumerdes, 50 kilometres (30 miles) east of Algiers.