ALGIERS, Dec. 18 (Xinhua) -- Algerian army troops destroyed three homemade bombs in a counterterrorism operation, Defense Ministry said on Monday.
"Following a wide-scale operation launched in the woods of Medea province (70 km southwest of Algiers), army troops destroyed three homemade bombs," read the statement.
Elsewhere, in the southernmost province of Adrar, near the border with Mali, a terrorist surrendered to military authorities earlier on Monday, added the source.
"These developments reflect firm determination of army forces deployed on the borderline to safeguard the security of the nation and protect its border," the statement said.
Algeria faces ongoing terrorist threats as it is located in a region plagued by unprecedented security and political instability.
Tens of thousands of troops are deployed on eastern and southern border to thwart potential intrusion of militants and arms, amid instability reigning in Mali and civil war hitting Libya.