2 policemen killed ahead of Algeria polls

2012-04-30 20:36

Algiers - Gunmen in Algeria's restive Kabylie region on Monday shot dead two policemen and seriously wounded two others, less than two weeks ahead of legislative polls, a security official said.

The four were patrolling on the outskirts of Mekla town when another vehicle approached.

The attackers "opened fire with Kalashnikov rifles and left them no chance to fire back. Two were killed and two were seriously wounded", the official said on condition of anonymity.

The attackers managed to get away and the victims were taken to a health centre in Mekla, a small town of about 20 000 inhabitants close to the regional capital Tizi Ouzou and about 100km east of Algiers.

On April 10, a bomb blast killed a soldier and wounded another while the military was combing a region north of Tizi Ouzou known to harbour militant Islamist groups.

Algeria will hold a legislative election on May 10 seen as a test of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's reform package in the wake of pro-democracy uprisings in neighbouring countries.