Ten people were killed in the past 24 hours in attacks by Islamic militants, press reports said Wednesday in Algiers.
Eight of the victims were killed as they collected firewood, by suspected extremists who attacked four with axes before shooting the others as they tried to flee, several newspapers reported.
The victims regularly scoured woods near Muzaia, 60 kilometers (35 miles) southwest of Algiers, for branches and boughs they could sell, the daily El Watan said.
An adolescent was killed and two others wounded when a bomb exploded near Tlemcen, 600 kilometers south of the capital.
A tenth person was killed Tuesday when a taxi he was riding in was forced to stop at a roadblock near Ain Defla, 160 kilometers south of Algiers, reports said.
The taxi passenger was killed as he and four others fled from a barrage set up on a narrow road that prevented the driver from turning his vehicle around.
At least 1,000 people have been reported killed in Algeria, including more than 200 Islamic extremists, since a six-month amnesty called by the government for the fighters expired on January 13th - ALGIERS (AFP)
© 2000 Al Bawaba (www.albawaba.com)