Security forces bombed a suspected militant hideout in Algeria, seven people are dead.
The alleged militants had been holed up in a cave near Lagla el-Malha, a village in the troubled Tebessa region about 600 kilometers (370 miles) east of the capital, Algiers, security officials said.
The seven people killed were suspected of being been behind an ambush Monday that killed five security officials and one civilian in the eastern town of Henchir El-Hoshas, the security officials said.
A team sweeping the area near Lagla el-Malha bombed the hideout early Wednesday, they said.
Liberte newspaper reported Wednesday that a group of militants had swarmed a neighborhood in the town on Monday, entered a house and slit the throat of a 50-year-old occupant.
Security forces arrived on the scene, but found it was booby trapped with homemade bombs and mines that detonated as they entered the neighborhood, killing five security officers, the report said.
The militants fled into the surrounding forest, launching a security sweep to find them, according to Liberte.
Located on the Tunisian border, the Tebessa region has been the site of several recent attacks by a local al-Qaida affiliate. In July and August at least 80 people - most of them armed militants - were killed in clashes in the region, according to local media outlets.
Algeria has been working to quell sporadic violence linked to an insurgency that broke out in 1992 after the army canceled legislative elections that an Islamic party was set to win. As many as 200,000 people have died in the resulting violence.
While large-scale violence died down in the 1990s, scattered attacks by Al-Qaida in North Africa have mounted in recent months.
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