Armed groups killed 57 people in two overnight massacres in violence-wracked Algeria, security forces said Friday.
The first massacre was in the village of Bensekrane near the Moroccan border. Eleven people had their throats slit in what has become the hallmark of Islamic militant attacks.
In Djelfa, 150 miles south of Algiers, 46 more people were killed.
The attacks were announced in statements from security forces, read on Algerian state radio. Nobody claimed responsibility.
More than 75,000 people have died in this North African country’s Islamic insurgency, which flared after the military-backed government canceled 1992 parliamentary elections that the Islamic Salvation Front was expected to win.
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