At least14 Algerian soldiers were killed in an ambush by Islamic militants in Djebel Louh on Friday night.

Al-Qaeda’ North African branch has claimed responsibility for the brazen attack in an unverified statement posted on pro-jihadi accounts.

“The knights of Islam have, on the first night of Eid, killed 14 soldiers in an ambush on an army platoon in the area of Djebel Louh”, the statement said.

Djebel Louh, located in Defla Province nearly 140 km southwest of Algiers, has been a stronghold for jihadis in the 1990s where the country has been under deadly attacks by the Islamic militants.

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