Two members of the security forces were killed on Saturday, June 27, in Ain Dalia (Médéa province) after a homemade improvised explosive device (IED) detonated during a military operation. According to media sources, security forces were conducting search and combing operations in the Oued El Takouk locality, approximately 80km (50 miles) south of the capital. Unconfirmed reports on social media outlets indicate that Al Qeada in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) militants have claimed responsibility for the attack, as well as claiming responsibility for recent clashes which occurred in Ain Defla province on Saturday, June 20, which killed an Algerian soldier.
A heightened security presence is anticipated in the near and medium term, and further attacks and security operations are possible.
Counterterrorism operations are conducted on a regular basis in Algeria. The threat of militancy is particularly high in the east and south of the country, as well as the Atlas Mountains region, a former stronghold of Al-Qa'ida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM).
Individuals in Algeria are advised to remain vigilant for militant activity, report suspicious objects and behavior to police, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities.
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