Suspected militants kill 3 soldiers in Algeria

ALGIERS, Algeria — Three Algerian soldiers were killed when their truck was ambushed by suspected Islamic militants armed with a remote-control explosive device, police in the North African nation said Saturday.

Five other soldiers were seriously wounded late Thursday in the bombing in Baghlia, about 60 kilometers (37 miles) east of the capital, police said.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility. Most attacks in Algeria are claimed by al-Qaida in Islamic North Africa, a local Islamic insurgency movement that joined Osama bin Laden's terrorist network in 2006.

The soldiers were returning by truck to their barracks in the mountainous region when the bombers struck, setting off a makeshift explosive device they had planted in the road.