ALGIERS, June 18 (Xinhua) -- An Algerian military convoy was ambushed by armed rebels Wednesday in the province of Burj Buaririj, leaving at least 24 gendarmes killed, local newspapers said on Thursday.
The convoy were ambushed by the unidentified rebels on a highway in the province of Burj Buaririj, some 180 km east of the capital, local newspaper "Echourouk" and "En Nahar" reported.
The rebels first detonated two self-made explosive devices and then opened fire on the convoy, said the reports, adding that six cars were burned and the militants took away with them arms.
The injured have been sent to a nearby hospital, said the newspapers.
The Algerian government forces and security forces, using helicopters, immediately started to track down the militants and search the region, said the reports.
The security situation in Algeria has improved in recent years, but terrorist attacks still plague the North African country.