Algeria foils cross-border infiltration attempt from Libya: source

Algerian border guards on Saturday foiled an infiltration attempt by alleged militants into the country from Libya, Algerian security sources told Al-Ain news agency on Tuesday.

The Algerian army detected the movement of a group of militants along the border with Libya. They were believed to be affiliated to the Islamic State terrorist group. The Algerian troops opened fire on the militants foiling the infiltration bid, the sources added.

In a statement on the latest developments in Libya last month, Algeria reaffirmed its commitment to all-out efforts to restore peace and security in Libya.

It comes following a one-day official visit by the Libyan Prime Minister Faiez al-Sarraj to Algiers.

Accompanied by the Libyan Foreign Minister Mohamed Siala and a group of advisors and military officials, Sarraj was welcomed by his Algerian counterpart Noureddine Bedoui upon his landing at Algiers International Airport.

The Libyan prime minister discussed with Algerian officials the developments in war-torn Libya and the ways to restore peace in the country under the U.N.-backed peace deal signed between the warring parties in the Moroccan town of Skhirat in 2015.

Libya has been witnessing fierce battles near Tripoli since the east-based Libyan National Army led by Khalifa Haftar launched a military campaign in early April to take over the Libyan capital from the U.N.-recognized government.


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