11 Dead Including Six Soldiers in Violence in Algeria

Published May 21st, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Eleven people including six soldiers were killed in violence last week in Algeria, according to press reports Sunday. 

The six soldiers were killed overnight Thursday in a bomb attack on their patrol convoy by Islamic extremists near El-Milia, some 300 kilometers (180 miles) east of Algiers, the newspaper Le Jeune Independant reported. 

Two of the assailants were killed when the soldiers returned fire, the report said. 

One person was killed on Wednesday in another attack, further east near Skikda, the daily El Khabar reported. 

Elsewhere, the body of a woman was found with her throat slit near Mascara, in the northwest, on Friday. She had been abducted Wednesday after an attack in which her husband and three children were killed, according to several reports. 

The papers also reported that an Islamic extremist was killed overnight Friday in Tizi Ouzou, the capital of the northeastern Kabylie region, and a civilian was seriously wounded in a bomb blast Saturday in Khemis Miliana, west of Algiers. 

Saturday newspapers had reported 15 dead in other violent incidents between Wednesday and Friday. 

Some 900 people have been killed, including 200 Islamic extremists, since a six-month amnesty called by the government for the fighters expired on January 13th - ALGIERS (AFP) 

 

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