Five troops killed in Algeria bombing

Algerian police and security forces face attacks from Islamist militants.

Algiers: Security officials say Islamist militants have bombed a convoy of Algerian troops, killing five and injuring 10.

The officials say the troops were on an operation to clear out militants from the Kabylie region east of the capital Algiers.

When the convoy passed through the town of Zekri, militants set off a remote-controlled bomb that sent a truck flying off the roadside. The officials said on Sunday that five troops aboard the truck were killed.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because Algerian rules forbid them from speaking to the media.

Algerian police and security forces face sporadic attacks from Islamist militants, including an al Qaeda offshoot that grew out of an insurgency movement that has targeted the state since the 1990s.