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Eight killed in Islamist attack in Algeria: security services

Islamist extremists killed eight people in an attack in western Algeria, security services said. Armed Islamic Group (GIA) militants are active at Boukaat El Maqam near Ain Merrane in the Chlef region, 200 kilometers (125 miles) west of the capital Algiers, where the attack took place at 4:00 am (0300 GMT). No other details of the attack were immediately available. The GIA is the most brual extremist group in the Algerian civil war. Along with the rival Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat (GSPC), it has rejected a partial amnesty offered in 1999 by President Abdelaziz Bouteflika as part of a national reconciliation programme to end the violence. Full Story

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