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Soldiers fall victim to Algeria ambush

Eight Algerian soldiers were reported killed and three injured, when their convoy was ambushed by suspected Islamic militants on Tuesday. The militants detonated explosives as the convoy drove through mountains towards Montgorno, 90 kilometres (55 miles) south of Algiers, and then opened fire. Nine soldiers died in a similar incident west of the capital a fortnight ago. About 150 extremists have been killed in army operations in the past two weeks, according to press reports, in continuing civil unrest which has left over 120,000 dead in the past 11 years. There are two main Islamic groups, the GIA and the GSPC, who have been fighting the government since elections were cancelled in 1992, on the eve of victory for the fundamentalist Islamic Salvation Front. Full Story

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