Troops in Algeria have captured four militants, including the leader of a terrorist group.

They were captured during two separate operations, the Defence Ministry said in a statement on Friday.

According to the ministry, the “dangerous leader of a terrorist organisation activating in the Sahel region surrendered on Friday to military authorities in the southernmost province of Tamanrasset".

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The terrorist was identified as Laarbi khelifa, alias Abu Ayoub, who joined terrorist camps in 2010, the statement noted.

Meanwhile, three other terrorists were captured by the army in Jijel province, 370 kilometre eastern Algiers, the statement added.

Three Kalashnikov-type machine guns and 155 bullets, a pair of binoculars and three mobile phones were retrieved from them.

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Algeria deployed tens of thousands of troops on the southern and eastern borderline to thwart the intrusion of terrorists and arms, amid instability reigning in Mali and civil war hitting Libya.

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