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Homemade bomb claims 2 soldiers’ lives in Algeria
June 04, 2017
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Algiers: A homemade bomb killed two Algerian soldiers and wounded four others in the Bir Al Ater area near the Tunisian border on Saturday, a security source said.

The troops were patrolling the area, around 600 kilometres southeast of Algiers and 20 kilometres from the frontier, when the device exploded, the source said.

Another security source said the soldiers were combing the semi-desert area between Bir Al Ater and Negrine.

Authorities did not immediately provide an official confirmation of the blast or the toll.

Algerians had hoped that a 2005 peace and reconciliation charter would turn the page on a 1991-2002 civil war that cost 200,000 lives.

But Islamist groups remain active in the south and east, largely targeting security forces.

Algeria’s army on Friday shot dead two suspected extremists south of the capital Algiers days after gunmen in the same region wounded four policemen, the defence ministry said.

The army killed the two, seizing two Kalashnikov rifles, ammunition and a pair of binoculars, in the Bougarra area of the Blida region, the ministry said in a statement.

“The operation is ongoing,” it added.

The shooting came as part of a manhunt after gunmen on Wednesday targeted a police patrol in the Larbaa area of the Mitidja plain, around 15 kilometres  to the northeast, wounding four policemen, it said.

The large agricultural plain of Mitidja was the epicentre of fighting in the civil war that ravaged Algeria in the 1990s and was a bastion of the groups that fought security forces during the conflict.

Agence France-Presse
 

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