Algiers:  Algerian army has killed a total of 12 militants linked to Al Qaeda during a week’s raid in the province of Tamanrasset, near the border with Mali, media reported Monday.

The troops discovered the dead bodies of another two militants at Tinzaouatine locality in south Algeria, pushing the number of militants killed there to 12, Xinhua quoted a statement of the defence ministry as saying.

The television also showed pictures of a load of weapons of different types seized by the army forces during the military operation.

Algerian anti-terrorism forces launched an operation in Tinzaouatine locality last week, killing 10 militants who hailed from Mali, Tunisia and Libya, the statement said.

More troops were deployed on the borders with the strife-torn Mali and troubled Libya to counter any intrusion of militants and weapons.

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