Amnesty Calls for Inquiry into Algeria Massacres
Amnesty International called Thursday for an independent inquiry into a recent wave of massacres in Algeria, in which at least 310 people have been killed.
The killings, which come during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, are being blamed on Islamic fundamentalists, who have waged an eight-year campaign of violence in the northern African country which has claimed more than 100,000 lives.
"The authorities must ensure that full, impartial and independent investigations are carried out," Amnesty said in a statement from London.
"These killings must not be allowed to join the long list of unsolved crimes," it continued.
Press reports in Algeria Thursday said Muslim fundamentalist guerrillas on Wednesday massacred eight people in a village in the Chlef region, 200 kilometers (125 miles) west of the capital Algiers.
Hours later, gunmen used automatic weapons and axes to kill three children and their parents in a village near Djendel, 110 kilometers (70 miles) southwest of Algiers, reports said.
These raids and other incidents, including a bomb attack, in several parts of northern Algeria took the death toll from violence blamed on Islamic extremists opposed to the secular state to at least 110 since Saturday.
At least 310 people have been massacred since Ramadan began on November 27 -- LONDON (AFP)
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