Dissidents shot dead in Algeria

Algerian government troops have killed four suspected dissidents in the eastern Kabylie region.

    Anti-government violence has claimed 57 lives this month

    The encounter occurred as the troops hunted for the killers of 12 soldiers who died in the area two weeks ago, press reports said on Saturday.

      

    The operation was carried out on Thursday in the mountainous Bejaia district, where units of the Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat (GSPC) are known to be based, the reports said.

      

    At least 12 members of the Algerian security forces were killed in early June in the region when suspected anti-government fighters attacked their convoy, residents said.

     

    Death toll

      

    The GSPC has become the best organised of the movements waging a low-level civil war against Algeria's secular authorities. The other is the Armed Islamic Group (GIA).

      

    Since the beginning of June, 57 people have been killed in violence involving these movements, according to an official toll and supplementary press reports.

      

    However, the violence has been declining since the latter half of last year. The insurgency, which began in 1992, reached a peak in the mid-1990s, and has claimed a total of some 150,000 lives.

    SOURCE: AFP


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Interactive: Take a tour through divided Jerusalem

    Interactive: Take a tour through divided Jerusalem

    Take a tour through East and West Jerusalem to see the difference in quality of life for Israelis and Palestinians.

    Stories from the sex trade

    Stories from the sex trade

    Dutch sex workers, pimps and johns share their stories.

    Inside the world of India's booming fertility industry

    Inside the world of India's booming fertility industry

    As the stigma associated with being childless persists, some elderly women in India risk it all to become mothers.