ALGIERS, Nov. 9 (Xinhua) -- The Algerian army on Sunday arrested a senior militant at al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb ( AQIM), and killed three of his companions in an ambush set in a remote area on the border between Algeria and Mali, a security source told Xinhua.
The militant is nicknamed Abu Alkamah of Niger, a prominent member in AQMI, and he used to be the leader of the brigade of Tariq Ibn Ziyad, the source added.
The source said that on Sunday morning the army troops tracked down four SUV vehicles equipped with anti-aircraft machine guns in a remote area in the locality of Bordj Badji Mokhtar near the Malian border.
The operation led to the killing of three foreign militants and the arrest of Abu Alkamah, whose real name is Agh Ouheli Abedellah and originated from Niger.
The source said the group came from Mali and attempted to sneak into Algerian territory.
The troops also seized individual weapons and a quantity of ammunition.
Since the outbreak of chaos in north of Mali a year ago, Algeria has been deploying more troops along the border in a bid to thwart the intrusion of militants and arms.