Police die in Algeria ambush

At least 24 paramilitary police killed in attack on convoy southeast of Algiers.

     

    The ambush was not immediately confirmed by the Algerian authorities but a vast security operation has been launched in the region. 

    Rise in violence

    The government of Algeria, a major oil and gas producer, has struggled for nearly two decades to combat fighters who now operate under al-Qaeda's banner.

    In recent weeks there has been a rise in violence across the country.

    In late May fighters killed five paramilitary gendarmes and a week later shot dead nine soldiers.

    In early June, Edwin Dyer, a British man, was killed by suspected al-Qaeda fighters who had been holding him hostage in neighbouring Mali.

    Violence began in Algeria in 1992 when a military-backed government scrapped elections that a radical Islamic party was poised to win.

    About 150,000 people have died in the ensuing violence.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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