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ALGIERS- A fifth terrorist has been eliminated Wednesday by a detachment of the People's National Army during a combing operation in the province of Tizi-Ouzou, said the Ministry of National Defence in a statement.

"As part of the fight against terrorism and during the ongoing combing operation near the commune of Aghrib, the province of Tizi-Ouzou, an Army detachment of the operation area of Tizi-Ouzou (1st Military Region) killed, today 2 December 2015 at 2 p.m., another terrorist and recovered a pump gun and quantity of ammunition," said the statement.

During this combing operation, launched on 29 December, five terrorists were eliminated, four machine guns, a pump gun and a quantity of ammunition were recovered," added the statement

"As part of the fight against organized crime, units of the National Gendarmerie of Mascara (2nd Military Region) arrested two drug traffickers and seized 74 kg of cannabis resin and a car," said the Ministry's statement.

In Tlemcen, units of the border guards "thwarted an attempt to smuggle 4,325 litres of fuel," concluded the statement.

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