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Algerians protest spate of militant attacks

August 11, 2013

AZZEFOUN, Algeria (AP) — Thousands of Algerians have taken to the streets in a northern coastal town where three police officers were recently killed to denounce a spate of militant attacks.

The protesters paraded peacefully on Sunday through the streets of Azzefoun, about 90 miles (150 kilometers) east of the capital, Algiers, in a region known as an al-Qaida hideout. The demonstrators’ signs said they refused to submit to “fundamentalist blackmail” or a “terrorist fate.” But they also criticized the government for failing to protect the town’s citizens.

Three police officers were shot dead in a militant ambush in Azzefoun last week. It was the third militant attack in a week in the Kabylie region, the last Algerian hideout for al-Qaida, which has been largely defeated in the rest of the North African country.

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