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Reports: 14 Dead in Algeria Attacks

December 11, 2000

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) _ A dozen members of Algeria’s security forces, a civilian and an insurgent were killed over the weekend in a spate of attacks in this North African nation wracked by an Islamic insurgency, newspapers reported Monday.

More than 100,000 people have been killed since the insurgency broke out in 1992 when the military-backed regime canceled elections that an Islamic party was set to win. Violence often peaks during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which began this year on Nov. 27.

Gunmen ambushed an army unit Saturday in the mountains near Tissemsilt, 156 miles west of Algiers, killing five soldiers, the El Khabar daily reported. One assailant also died.

Also Saturday, insurgents killed three local guards in Boghar, 40 miles south of the Algerian capital, the daily Le Matin reported. It said two people were killed and one person was seriously wounded when about 10 gunmen who burst into a shop in Bechloul, 94 miles east of Algiers.

On Sunday, a security force member was killed when an armed group tried to attack a crowded cafe after Ramadan fasting broke for the day, Le Matin said.

In two other attacks Sunday, assailants killed a local guard and a policeman, media reported.

Despite peace efforts by President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to end the insurgency, new killings are reported almost daily.

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