A suicide bomber killed two Algerian policemen on Thursday, including one who threw himself on the attacker whose explosive belt then detonated, state media said, citing the security services.

The officers had intervened when the attacker tried to enter the police headquarters in the region of Tiaret, about 350km southwest of the capital Algiers, the official APS news agency reported.

The agency said the “terrorist” had been carrying a weapon as well as wearing an explosive belt.

“The policemen on duty responded quickly, and one of them, in an act of bravery, threw himself on the assailant at the entrance of the headquarters and lost his life,” the general directorate of national security said, quoted by the agency.