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Militants Slit Throats Of Women In Village

Islamic militants slit the throats of seven women during prayer hour in a village south of Algiers, an independent newspaper reported Sunday.

Forty armed men swept through Ouzra, a village in the Berrouaghia region 60 miles south of Algiers, on Friday, slaying the women, La Tribune said.

The leader of the group had a list of names of people to be executed, villagers said Saturday at the victims’ funerals, speaking on condition of anonymity.

He said he represented the Armed Islamic Group, the most radical fighting faction and a rival to the Islamic Salvation Army.

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