Algeria deploys more troops at borders to stem influx of militants

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Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika chaired a closed meeting in Algiers on Tuesday, to discuss the security situation on the country's southern borders, said a statement from the President Office.

Top government and military officials as well as chiefs of National Gendarmerie and Security Police, including National Army's Chief of Staff Ahmed Gaid Salah and Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal, attended the meeting, accoding to the official statement.

Surrounded by countries suffering political and military troubles, including Mali, Tunisia and Libya, Algeria has deployed more troops on its eastern and southern borders to stem the influx of arms and militants.

Large quantities of weapons have been discovered on the border with Libya in recent months, with about 8 Islamic State fighters killed in the last six months, official figures show. Endit

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