Algeria army kills 22 Islamists: defence ministry

Algerian army troops patrol the mountainous eastern Tizi Ouzou region on September 23, 2014 near the village of Ait Ouaban, 80 km south of Tizi Ouzou (AFP Photo/Farouk Batiche)

Algiers (AFP) - The Algerian army killed 22 armed Islamists in an operation Tuesday some 100 kilometres (60 miles) east of the capital, the defence ministry said.

It said automatic weapons, ammunition and other weaponry were seized in the "anti-terrorist" operation in the Ferkioua area of Bouira province.

Islamist-linked violence rocked the North African country in the 1990s but has since waned, although armed groups remain active in central and eastern Algeria where they mount attacks on security forces.

The army said it has now killed 56 armed Islamists since the start of the year.