At least 13 Algerian soldiers have been killed by Islamist fighters in an attack on an army post east of Algiers, the Algerian capital, according to officials, on late Friday 04/15/2011, by a “terrorist” group at Azazga, 140 km from the capital.

Two militants were also killed by soldiers, in a different incident, at a post in Kabyle, some 80 miles (130 kilometers) east of Algiers, the officials added on Saturday.

The attack is the worst since the government two weeks ago lifted a 1992 state of emergency and the civil war in Algeria. Security forces swept areas including the Yakourene forest, a hideout of MAGHREB al-Qaeda, on Saturday in a search for other suspects, officials said.

The attack reportedly came as the soldiers were watching a televised speech by Abdelaziz Bouteflika, the president. In a televised address to the nation, Abdelaziz Bouteflika said he had decided to amend the constitution “to reinforce representative democracy” in Algeria, and that he will also launch other legislative reforms.

“I will urge the parliament to review all the legislative framework,” he said on Friday. Bouteflika, who has not spoken in public for at least three months, also vowed to take steps to tackle unemployment.
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