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3 Killed in Algeria Train Attack

May 11, 1998

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) _ Three Algerian train passengers were killed and 20 were injured in a bomb attack south of Algiers, hospital officials said today.

No one claimed responsibility for the blast Sunday near Boufarik, about 20 miles south of the capital. But Islamic militants in Algeria’s 6-year-old insurgency were suspected.

Two of the injured were in serious condition, according to the hospital officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity. Government officials put the death toll at two.

The violence came a day after a bomb exploded near a Turkish bath house in Algiers, injuring as many as 30 people and breaking a two-month lull in attacks on the capital.

Suspicion in the bath house bombing also fell on the Armed Islamic Group, the most violent movement in the insurgency that has left more than 75,000 dead since 1992, when the government canceled elections Muslim traditionalists were poised to win.

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