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15 slain, 74 injured in suicide attack

September 07, 2007|From Times Wire Reports

A suicide bomber killed 15 people in the Algerian town of Batna, shortly before a scheduled visit by President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, state television reported.

Bouteflika, who later visited some of the 74 wounded in a hospital, blamed Islamist rebels.

Residents said that the bomb was detonated among a crowd waiting to see the president arrive.

"Terrorist acts have absolutely nothing in common with the noble values of Islam," Bouteflika was quoted as saying.

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