March 5, 2006 |
The Algerian government freed a first group of Islamic militants Saturday after deciding to pardon or reduce sentences for more than 2,000 people detained during an insurgency in the 1990s. Cries of joy rose from families outside the two prisons on the outskirts of Algiers, the capital, when the prisoners were released. Their exact number was unclear.
May 1, 2003 |
Thirty-one European tourists who vanished in the Sahara Desert are being held hostage by terrorist groups, a ranking Algerian official said Wednesday. The official said the Algerian army had located the tourists. About 5,000 troops and 300 local guides were brought in to track them down. The tourists, who had set off in seven separate groups on four-wheel-drive vehicles or motorcycles, disappeared starting in mid-February. None of the tourists had employed guides.
May 17, 1987 |
In 1785, in what would become the first U.S. hostage crisis, Algerian corsairs seized two American merchant ships off the Barbary Coast and held their crews for a ransom that, after years of secret negotiations, was finally paid by a humiliated President George Washington. Nearly two centuries later, Algeria again was involved in a U.S. hostage crisis, but this time it was as the intermediary that helped negotiate the release of the 52 American hostages in Iran.
December 10, 1998 |
An armed band killed 45 people in a predawn attack Wednesday that was the bloodiest massacre in Algeria in months, security forces said. Separately, authorities said Wednesday that they had pulled 46 bodies from a 180-foot-deep well used as a mass grave in Meftah, 15 miles south of central Algiers. Many more victims remain in the mass grave, which could be up to 2 years old. Security forces blamed Wednesday's massacre in Tadjena, about 125 miles west of Algiers, on Muslim insurgents.
September 9, 2007 |
Al Qaeda's North Africa affiliate claimed responsibility for two suicide attacks that killed at least 57 people in Algeria in the last two days, Al Jazeera television said Saturday. Al Qaeda in the Maghreb, an Islamist group that has pledged loyalty to Osama bin Laden, said in an Internet statement that it was behind Saturday's suicide truck bombing at a coast guard barracks east of Algiers and an attack Thursday in the town of Batna, Al Jazeera reported.
June 23, 1993 |
A noted sociologist was assassinated shortly after being named to replace a colleague killed in a similar attack in March, authorities said. Mohammed Boukhobza, 52, who held a key post at an official think tank, was the sixth major personality assassinated in three months. The killing came a week after the assassination of Mahfoudh Boucebsi, an internationally known psychiatrist whose views, such as his pro-abortion stance, ran counter to taboos in this North African nation.
June 22, 2010 |
Reporting from Johannesburg, South Africa — It took England barely four minutes to pierce the U.S. defense before the back line stiffened. It took Slovenia all of 13 minutes to find a way through the U.S. rear guard before American resolve came to the fore. So, after salvaging a 1-1 tie in its first match and a 2-2 tie in its second, what sort of performance is U.S. Coach Bob Bradley's team going to produce Wednesday, when Algeria is the opponent in Pretoria? Will it be another slow start, or have the lessons of the World Cup been learned?
April 13, 2007 |
The death toll from the suicide bombings in Algeria rose Thursday to 33, the government said, and police rolled out in force in this shaken capital, establishing highway checkpoints to reinforce security. Fifty-seven people remained hospitalized with injuries suffered Wednesday in blasts that struck the prime minister's office and a suburban police station, said Interior Minister Yazid Zerhouni, who made his comments to the official APS news agency after visiting hospitals.
May 14, 2007 |
The Algerian military surrounded an insurgent stronghold near the capital and targeted the area with bombs, in the latest in a series of raids that have killed more than 20 militants, news reports said Sunday. Government forces have stepped up sweeps of militant areas ahead of legislative elections scheduled this week. The newspaper Liberte said the air force bombed an insurgent stronghold near the region of Tizi Ouzou, about 60 miles east of Algiers.
February 13, 1994 |
As the world scrambles on Bosnia, too late to help 200,000 killed, another crisis looms ever larger across the Mediterranean in Algeria. The signs, by all accounts, are more than ominous. By twilight, the labyrinthine streets of the seaside capital and its legendary casbah are bare due to both fear and a curfew. Gunfire erratically pierces the night. Dawn usually reveals one or more bodies, often with throats slit--a tactic adopted by both Islamic militants and pro-government death squads.