February 19, 1996 in Nation/World

Car Bombs Kill 12, Wound 35 In Algeria

Compiled From Wire Services

Two car bombs exploded Sunday night, killing 12 people and wounding 35 others celebrating the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, hospital officials and witnesses said.

The bombs exploded about 6:30 p.m. in Ain Nadja just south of the capital of Algiers and in Ain Taya to the east. Hospital officials said 17 of the wounded were seriously hurt.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attacks. But suspicion fell on violent militants who have been fighting to overthrow Algeria’s military-backed government and install strict Islamic rule.

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