Armed Islamic extremists have killed 11 more people and wounded 18 others in Algeria, pushing the death toll during a bloody holy month of Ramadan to more than 270, press reports said Wednesday.
Six civilian militiamen in a village self-defense group died Tuesday in an ambush by an armed gang at Ammi Moussa, near Relizane, 300 kilometers (185 miles) west of Algiers, where three others were wounded, several papers said.
Another armed band killed a seventh member of the state-backed militia when it attacked a lookout post at Harbil, near Medea, 80 kilometers (50 miles) south of the capital.
A bomb killed one person and injured 15 others when it exploded at the weekly marketplace in Laghouat, 400 kilometers (250 miles) south of here.
In another incident on Tuesday, a teacher had his throat cut at Jijel, 300 kilometers east of here.
On Monday, two civilians were murdered at Chetaibi in the Annaba region, 600 kilometers (370 miles) east of the capital.
These latest press reports bring the total death toll to more than 90 since Saturday and more than 270 since the start in late November of Ramadan, when armed Muslim fundamentalists fighting the secular authorities tend to step up their "holy war".
More than 100,000 people, mainly civilians, have been killed since the extremists began attacks on the security forces and terror operations against civilians after the cancellation in 1992 of the second round of a general election the Islamic Salvation Front (FIS) was poised to win.
Radical Islamists see Ramadan as auspicious since the prophet Mohammed took the holy city of Mecca, now in Saudi Arabia, during that lunar month -- ALGER (AFP)
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