Fifteen Killed in Latest Algeria Violence

Published May 20th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Fifteen people including three soldiers have been killed in the last three days by armed Islamic extremists in Algeria, press reports said Saturday. 

An armed Islamic group on Wednesday cut the throats of a father and his three children in the Mascara region, 360 kilometers west of Algiers, several papers reported. The group took the mother and daughter hostage, the papers said. 

Four people coming home from a wedding ceremony overnight Wednesday were attacked by an armed group and burned alive in their car, near Mohamadia, also in the Mascara region, the papers reported. 

In a separate attack also in Mohamadia, an armed group shot four people they found drinking wine in the woods, daily La Tribune reported. The victims were dragged to their car, which was then set on fire, the paper said. 

Three soldiers were killed and five injured Friday in a clash with armed Islamic fighters at El Milia, in the Jijel region, 300 kilometers east of Algiers, several papers said. 

A man was seriously injured when a bomb exploded Friday in Tiaret, 340 kilometres, daily El Khabar reported. 

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 13 - ALGIERS (AFP)  

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