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Bombs Explode on Train in Algeria

May 5, 1998

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) _ Two bombs exploded on a train traveling between the Algerian capital and the port city of Oran, wounding 15 people, a hospital source said today.

Four of the wounded were in serious condition after the devices exploded Monday morning while the train entered a tunnel near the village of Ain Tork, 80 miles south of the capital, Algiers, the source said, speaking on condition of anonymity out of fear of reprisal.

Authorities deactivated three other bombs on the train. Service between the two cities was disrupted but resumed late in the afternoon, the source said.

No one claimed responsibility for the attack.

The Armed Islamic Group, the most radical organization trying to overthrow the Algerian government, is active in the Ain Tork region.

In other violence, an armed Islamic militant was killed in Oran on Monday during a shootout with Algerian security forces.

At least 75,000 people have died in Algeria since the start of an Islamic insurgency that erupted after the military-backed regime canceled 1992 parliamentary elections an Islamic party appeared set to win.

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