Militant Muslim insurgents attacked a school bus, killing three people and injuring 17 children, state media reported Friday.
The attack reportedly took place Wednesday near the eastern city of Skikda. State TV said the attackers forced the 40 children on the bus to get off, then set the vehicle on fire. A farmer who tried to aid the children was fired on with guns and grenades and died.
His son and a school administrator also were killed, the TV said. The children apparently were injured by the shooting and grenade explosions, but the report was not specific.