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Algeria: 18 Killed In Attack On Military Academy


Reports from Algeria say 18 people have been killed and up to 20 others injured in an attack by two suicide bombers targeting a military academy.

The attackers, including at least one who rode a motorcycle, struck on August 26 in the town of Cherchell, around 100 kilometers west of Algiers, the Algerian capital.

News agencies quoted a source at a hospital as saying the dead included 16 soldiers and two civilians.

The attack is reported to have taken place soon after iftar, when Muslims break their daily fast during the holy month of Ramadan.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

Islamic extremists have battled Algerian security forces since 1992, when the army cancelled a national election that a Muslim fundamentalist party was expected to win, in a conflict that has killed an estimated 200,000 people.

compiled from agency reports
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