Two Soldiers Wounded by Islamic Extremists in Algeria

Published November 20th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Two Algerian soldiers were wounded when a remote-controlled home-made device exploded near a passing military convoy in the town of Sahel Bouberak east of the capital, press reports said Monday. 

They said Islamic extremists hidden in nearby bushes at the roadside set off the bomb on Sunday. 

The reports could not be confirmed officially. 

Sunday press reports said a family of four was killed on Saturday when a bomb destroyed their home at Sidi Gouzil in the Medea region, 80 kilometers (50 miles) south of the capital Algiers. 

The radical Armed Islamic Group (GIA) is active throughout northwestern Algeria, particularly in the Medea region, which is still frequently the scene of bloody attacks on civilians. 

Attacks and fake roadblocks are regularly reported in the press, without any comment from the authorities. 

There are fears that attacks will intensify during the holy fasting month of Ramadan, which begins next week. 

The civil war in Algeria, which broke out in 1992 after the military stepped in to deny certain electoral victory by the Islamic Salvation Front (FIS), has claimed more than 100,000 lives -- ALGIERS (AFP) 




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