Algiers - Two combatants affiliated to Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) were killed in Tindouf (southwestern Algeria) in an operation conducted by the Algerian army which also seized weapons on the Libyan borders, reports Algeria daily "L'expression."

AQIM's goal of establishing a foothold In Mali came through an alliance with Ansar al-Din fighters, shown here near Timbuktu. [AFP-Romaric Ollo Hein]