ALGIERS, Algeria — Algerian forces killed eight al-Qaida insurgents in an attack in a mountainous area considered a bastion for the terror network's North African branch on Saturday.
A leader of the Patriots, armed civilians working with the army, said one soldier died during the clashes in the Berrekmouche valley, 75 miles (120 kilometers) east of Algiers.
He said the killings occurred Saturday and the sweep, which began with helicopter bombardments, continued Sunday.
The area in the mountainous Kabyle region is considered a haven for al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb. Residents of Beni-Yenni village alerted authorities after insurgents sought food there.