Three Algerian journalists have been stabbed and robbed of their belongings near their hotel in the Cameroonian city of Douala.

The Algerian Football Association said Ismail Amokrane, Mehdi Dahak and Mohamed Aissani were covering the African Cup of Nations (Afcon) when they were attacked by a mob who took their phones and passports.

The victims sustained minor injuries and were taken to hospital for treatment.

The local authorities are said to have opened an investigation into the incident but have not made a statement yet.

Algeria star Ismail Bennacer has posted a message of support to the journalists on his Twitter account.

Algeria will kick start efforts today to defend their title of African champions when they meet Sierra Leone in Group E.

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