Algerian journalists and photographers are among the targets of gunmen on Friday after being killed in Algeria, security officials said.
Algeria’s interior ministry said that a security source said the assailants killed a journalist and a photographer at the news agency Amara News Agency in the western Algerian town of Algiers.
The gunmen targeted journalists and photographer in the news bureau, the ministry said in a statement, without elaborating.
Algiers Governor Mohamed Hamid told the Associated Press news agency that the gunmen were members of the Islamist militant group Ansar Dine, which is blamed for a spate of attacks in the country’s south in recent years.
The attack came after weeks of high-profile attacks by Islamist militants targeting security forces, government buildings and media offices in the south of the country.
Amaa News Agency was set up in 2011 as a news agency for Algier.
Its offices in Algiri, a provincial capital in the west of the Algerian state, are also located in the capital.
Al Jazeera’s Alba Ghebreyes reports from Algiris capital, Ghent.