The Algerian Security forces have discovered a weapons cache containing 11 surface-to-air missiles near the country’s border with Mali, the defense ministry announced yesterday.

“After a search operation in the country’s border town of Bordj Badji Mokhtar, the Algerian People’s National Armed Forces found an ammunition cache containing 11 anti-tank missiles the ministry said in a statement.”

The Algerian government did not provide further details about the arms smugglers, nor are any media outlets reporting on which group might be responsible for smuggling such weapons. The operation comes a day after an announcement by the military about a discovery of “an ammunition cache containing 20 mortar rounds and 120 kilograms of ammonium nitrate that is used in explosive manufacturing” in the same area. On the 1st of December, reports have come from the same area of another weapons cache in the same town consisting of “41 anti-tank missiles and another one carrying various small arms weapons in the same border town.”

The Algerian army was recently reported to have foiled a number of attempts on infiltrating weapons across the country’s southern borders. In recent years, the Algerian government has mobilized its military troops on the country’s southern borders with Mali, Niger, and the eastern borders with Tunisia and Libya, to prevent what it described as, “the infiltration of terrorist groups and smuggling of all trades.”