Press: Two Killed in Northwestern Algeria

Published November 25th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

A former rebel in Algeria's civil war was killed along with his uncle by an armed group near the northwestern city of Chlef, newspapers reported Saturday. 

The two were in their shop when they were machine-gunned from a passing vehicle, the reports said. 

The brother of the former rebel escaped the attack and told investigators that he recognized the assailants as members of the hardline Armed Islamic Group (GIA), the daily El Watan reported. 

Another brother in the same family who also quit the GIA was kidnapped two months ago and remains missing. 

Thousands of Islamic extremists have turned themselves in under President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's reconciliation program launched last year to end the north African country's eight-year-old civil war. 

Hundreds of diehard members of the GIA and the Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat have however refused to lay down their arms. 

The press has reported repeated attacks against rebels who have turned themselves in, either by their former comrades-in-arms or by relatives of their victims. 

Algeria's civil war broke out in 1992 after the military stepped in to prevent the Islamic Salvation Front (FIS) from winning elections and setting up an Islamic state. 

The armed wing of the FIS, the Islamic Salvation Army (AIS), received a blanket amnesty, but the FIS remains banned – ALGIERS (AFP) 

 

 

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