Algerian newspapers report 15 people were killed this week after Islamic militants opened fire on a military checkpoint east of the capital Algiers.

The newspaper Liberte reported five members of the security forces died when a group of about 20 militants from the Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat stormed an army outpost.

The newspaper says 10 militants were killed when Algerian soldiers struck back.

The militant group announced last week on an Islamist website that it was changing its name to al-Qaeda Organization in the Islamic Maghreb. The posting said Osama bin Laden approved the name change.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.