May 4, 2000 |
Islamic insurgents opened fire on a bus, killing at least 19 people after the driver refused to stop at a rebel roadblock near Algiers, residents said. About 26 other people were injured. The massacre was the worst in recent months in Algeria, which has been in the grip of an Islamic insurgency for eight years.
August 25, 1986 |
Several hundred acres of forests have been destroyed by fires in the Kabylia mountain area east of Algiers since Thursday, the official news agency APS reported Sunday. People have been evacuated from several villages in the stricken areas, but no casualties have been reported and no homes damaged, the agency said.
August 3, 1997 |
Attackers have killed more than 80 people in remote villages south of the capital in recent days, many of whom had their throats slit, witnesses and hospital sources said. The attacks coincided with a flare-up of violence in Algiers and bore the hallmarks of Islamic militants. In Sidi el Madani, about 30 miles south of the capital, 38 people were killed overnight Thursday, witnesses said.
March 23, 1997 |
Belying government claims that Algeria is returning to peace, Islamic militants slit the throats of 32 civilians and then beheaded some of them, independent newspapers reported. Armed with sabers and axes, the attackers wreaked havoc Wednesday in a village near Ksar el Boukhari, about 70 miles south of Algiers, two French-language dailies reported. The newspapers said the victims, including 16 women, came from four families.
April 23, 1989 |
More than 50 people have been arrested after violence sparked by high prices erupted at a rural market, the Algerian news agency APS reported Saturday. APS said shoppers went on a rampage, wrecking stalls, trampling produce, smashing utensils and damaging cars at the small farming town of Aflou, 200 miles southwest of Algiers. It was the first report of violence since food prices in Algeria doubled or even tripled in the last two weeks. Shoppers have boycotted meat and vegetable sellers in Algiers and other towns like Oran and Tizi Ouzou.
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.