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8 cops killed by suspected Islamist militants in Algeria

Suspected Islamist sprayed police officers with machine gun fire in an overnight ambush in eastern Algeria, killing eight, security officials said.
By HT Correspondent | AP, Algiers (algeria)
UPDATED ON FEB 09, 2008 08:47 AM IST

Suspected Islamist sprayed police officers with machine gun fire in an overnight ambush in eastern Algeria, killing eight, security officials said.

The officers were travelling in two all-terrain vehicles when they came under fire overnight on Thursday outside the village of Ain R'Ghiya, near the Tunisian border, officials said. None survived the attack.

The militants made off with the two vehicles, officials said.

The officers had been lured out of their barracks by a late-night phone call tipping them off to a supposed smugglers' hide-out.

Another officer was killed and one injured in a separate attack Thursday morning in the village of Boukalfa, located in the Tizi-Ouzou region, some 100 kilometres east of the capital, Algiers, police officials said. They came under fire from two vehicles as they stood guard outside their barracks, officials said.

Authorities in Algeria have been battling the remnants of an Islamic insurgency that broke out in the early 1990s, when the army canceled the second round of multi party elections to prevent the expected victory of an Islamic fundamentalist party.

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