One Algerian soldier and two Islamic militants were killed in two separate clashes between government forces and armed Islamists in northern Algeria, local newspaper El Watan and Algerian news agency APS reported on Sunday.
The government forces killed two armed Islamists when they launched a military operation in Lakhdaria region in the northern province of Bouira, at about 4:00 a.m. (0300 GMT) on Sunday, Xinhua reported.
The source said another patrol of the government forces exchanged fire with armed militants while searching in the forest area in Berkmouch region in the northern province of Tizi Ouzou on Saturday. One soldier was killed and two others were seriously wounded in the clash. The military forces have conducted heavy surveillance in the area in the past few weeks.
Since 1990s, the militants from Algeria's extremist organizations often attacked the military, police, government departments and civilian targets. The number of such attacks decreased in recent years after the government adopted national reconciliation policy and strengthened the military crackdown.
However, terrorist attacks against the army and the police are still frequent in some regions.