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Ambush Kills 7 Soldiers in Algeria

Seven members of Algeria’s security forces were killed in an ambush during a cleanup operation in a forest used as a hideout by Islamic extremists, and 13 others were injured, four of them seriously, security officials said Friday. Reinforcements were immediately sent into the Begasse forest, in the Bouira region, some 70 miles east of the capital, where an armed band attacked security forces Thursday as they cleared a blockade made of dead branches, the officials said. The insurgents, identified as the El Farouk arm of the Salafist Group for Call and Combat, were encircled, the officials said. Full Story

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