4 Algerian troops killed in bomb attack
17 July 2013, 17:02
Algiers - Four Algerian soldiers were killed when two bombs struck their
passing patrol in the region of Tipaza, west of the capital Algiers, media
reports said Wednesday, adding the attack wounded another three troops.
The Tuesday attack appeared to have been pre-planned but coincided with the
return home of Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika from Paris after a stay
of nearly three months in hospital.
The attack occurred when the bombs, buried underground, struck the army
patrol as it entered the wooded area of Damous near Tipaza, 70km from Algiers
during a routine operation, the reports said.
A similar attack in the area in late April had killed three guards.
Drop in violence
Algeria has witnessed a drop in violence blamed on armed Islamists in recent
years, but groups affiliated with al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb are active in
Kabylie region, areas close to Algiers and in the south, usually targeting
The deadliest attack took place in January when 37 foreign and Algerian
hostages were killed in clashes with Islamist militants who had seized a gas
In 1990s Algeria witnessed a decade of fighting between troops and Islamist
fighters in which some 200 000 people were killed, official estimates say.