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Bomb attack targets military convoy

Latest update : 2008-06-07

Six Algerian soldiers who were returning to their barracks were killed, and four others wounded, in a bomb attack by Islamic rebels about 40 kilometres east of Algiers.

ALGIERS, June 6 (Reuters) - Six Algerian soldiers were
killed and four others wounded in a bomb attack by Islamic
rebels, a local newspaper reported on Friday.

The soldiers were returning to their barracks from an
unspecified mission at the coastal village of Cap Djinet, about
40 km (20 miles) east of Algiers, when their convey hit a bomb
planted by rebels, El Watan daily said on its Web site.

The newspaper did not say which rebel group was behind the
attack which took place on Thursday. Government officials were
not immediately available for comment.

Al Qaeda's north African wing, Al Qaeda Organisation in the
Islamic Maghreb, claimed responsibility for a series of similar
attacks on government forces, including killing six soldiers in
an ambush last month in Medea province, some 90 km (50 miles)
southwest of Algiers.

On Wednesday, three bombs killed two people and wounded
several others near a military barracks in Bordj El Kiffan area,
about 25 km (15 miles) east of Algiers.

Violence broke out in Algeria in 1992 after the
military-backed authorities scrapped a parliamentary election
that an Islamist political party, the Islamic Salvation Front,
was set to win. Up to 200,000 people were killed in the ensuing

Violence has fallen in recent years, but more recently
scores of people have died in a series of suicide bombings in
and around Algiers. 

Date created : 2008-06-07