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Three Die in Algiers Cafe Bomb

February 7, 1998

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) _ A bomb exploded today in a packed cafe in central Algiers, killing three and injuring eight.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

The blast, near the capital’s police headquarters, occurred on the eve of a visit by nine lawmakers from the European Parliament. They want to meet with Algerian legislators and inspect the sites of recent massacres.

Similar attacks have been blamed on the Armed Islamic Group, which is seeking to overthrow Algeria’s military-backed government.

The government says 26,500 people have been killed since the insurgency began in 1992; independent estimates have said as many as 75,000 or more have been killed.

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