November 23, 1999 |
A prominent leader of Algeria's outlawed Islamic Salvation Front who opposed the government but had spoken out for peace and reconciliation was slain as he was leaving a dental clinic in Algiers. Abdelkader Hachani, 43, was shot twice in the head and once in the chest by an unknown assailant, according to news service reports and a statement on state-run radio.
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.
July 16, 1997 |
Capping a week of surprise gestures aimed at easing the bloody divisions in Algeria, the government of President Liamine Zeroual on Tuesday released from prison the founder of the country's banned Islamic Salvation Front. Abassi Madani, jailed since June 1991, walked out of Algiers' Seradji prison "on parole" after serving six years of a 12-year sentence.
June 5, 1997 |
After 60,000 deaths and five years of terror that followed the cancellation of the last general election, the exhausted people of Algeria are trying again today to choose the country's first multi-party parliament. Expectations for a problem-free vote are not high in this capital, where the thud of a midday bomb no longer elicits a serious pause in the luncheon conversation and visiting journalists are routinely furnished with a trio of gunmen to take to interviews as "protection."
November 29, 1996 |
Defying threats of violence by Islamic extremists who have waged a fierce four-year insurrection, Algerian voters Thursday approved constitutional changes that will give their president greater powers and outlaw political parties based on religion, language or ethnicity. The vote represented the latest attempt by Algeria's ruling regime to steer the country toward normalcy after a civil war that has claimed about 60,000 lives since 1992.
June 24, 1996 |
They killed two of her three brothers and her mother, a pious 55-year-old who made her living packing eggs into cartons. Now, the killers want Houria Zaidat too. The death threat came signed in blood. The message, scrawled in pencil, explained why the 23-year-old woman from Algiers' working-class suburb of Harraga, barely 5-foot-3 but the country's female judo champion since 1992, could no longer be allowed to live. "Death to those women who do not wear the veil," it said.