Reports: Farmers Slaughtered in Western Algeria
Islamic fundamentalists slaughtered 10 farmers in an attack on an isolated village in western Algeria, newspapers reported here Wednesday.
The attack occurred late Tuesday as the farmers were returning after the day's work to their homes in the village of Dhamnia in the Chlef region, some 200 kilometers (120 miles) west of the capital Algiers, the papers said.
Several women and children were among the victims, who were murdered with knives, the daily La Tribune reported, but gave no details.
A young girl who was injured in the attack managed to escape but another was abducted by the group, the newspapers said.
The attack, blamed on Muslim fundamentalists campaigning against the government of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, follows another on Monday which killed 10 villagers at Haouch Saboun, near the town of Bou Ismail 50 kilometers (30 miles) west of the capital.
That massacre was also perpetrated by Islamic extremists, according to witnesses questioned by AFP.
Elsewhere, a bomb blast Tuesday in the town of Sig, 400 kilometers (240 miles) west of Algiers, killed one person and injured 25, three seriously, newspapers said.
The papers said eight fundamentalists were killed in an army operation launched Friday in the Relizane region in the west of the country -- ALGIERS (AFP)
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