Algerians Report 22 More Killings

TUESDAY, JAN. 6, 1998

Days after the bloodiest massacre in Algeria’s 6-year insurgency, the carnage showed no sign of stopping Monday, with witnesses and morgue officials reporting 22 more killings.

The government, meanwhile, criticized a French suggestion that Algiers undertake reforms, saying Paris “is not entitled to remind the Algerian government of its duties.”

In the latest attacks, assailants disguised as police slit the throats of nine people Sunday morning.

Men armed with knives, axes and swords killed 13 others and kidnapped two girls in two attacks Saturday night.

Armed marauders slaughtered more than 400 people in coordinated attacks on four villages Dec. 30, the start of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Dozens have been killed since then in attacks around the North African country.

Since the insurgency began, at least 200 girls and young women are believed to have been kidnapped by Islamic militants. Many have subsequently been found dead, often several months pregnant.

The insurgency began after the military government canceled a 1992 legislative election that Muslim fundamentalists were poised to win.

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