April 29, 2001 |
Police shot dead at least 16 civilians as riots raged on in Berber-speaking areas of eastern Algeria, medical sources said, bringing the civilian death toll after almost a week of violence between Berber demonstrators and security forces to at least 31. Hospital officials in Tizi Ouzou, 55 miles east of Algiers, said that 14 people were killed and 34 wounded in clashes there, most by gunfire. In Bejaia, farther east, a hospital official said two people were killed.
June 29, 1998 |
Rioters stoned police and stormed government buildings in the east after tens of thousands of people attended the burial of a slain singer who had defended the minority Berber culture. Police responded with gunfire, killing at least one person, as rioting over Thursday's slaying of Lounes Matoub, 42, continued, witnesses and officials said. Matoub was the latest Algerian artist to be killed during a six-year Muslim insurgency that has claimed more than 75,000 lives.
June 27, 1998 |
Hundreds rioted in eastern Algeria on Friday, smashing windows and windshields in anger at the killing of a popular Berber singer who had criticized both the government and the nation's Muslim insurgency. The Thursday shooting of Lounes Matoub sparked an outpouring of emotion among young people in Tizi Ouzou, the regional capital of Algeria's Berber people.
February 11, 1992 |
Islamic fundamentalists killed eight police officers Monday--six of them in an ambush in the Casbah, the ancient quarter of the capital that was a haven for Algerian revolutionaries in past decades. The assaults on police were the most deadly since the military took power a month ago and indicated a hardening of the fundamentalists' response to an escalating government crackdown. In the latest violence, police said, six officers died when their cars were riddled with gunfire near a mosque.
February 10, 1992 |
After a weekend of worsening violence that has left up to 40 people dead, Algeria's military-backed government Sunday declared a 12-month state of emergency and moved to ban the Islamic fundamentalist political party.
February 8, 1992 |
Violence swept through the capital and other Algerian cities in a defiant challenge by Muslim fundamentalists to hundreds of troops and riot police. Nine more people were reported killed and 55 wounded. One of the deaths occurred in Batna, where at least 12 were killed and 66 wounded in three days of running battles. Gunfire echoed throughout Algiers, continuing late into the night.