Bomb kills two Algerian soldiers

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A homemade bomb exploded as an Algerian army patrol was going past, killing two soldiers and wounding another five in the Boumerdes region, east of Algiers, the French daily Liberte reported Tuesday.

The attack happened on Sunday at Legata, 15 kilometres (10 miles) east of the town of Boumerdes, which is around 40 kilometres from the Algerian capital, the paper said.

One soldier died on the spot and a second died later. Two of the wounded were said to be critical.

Four policemen were killed and another injured in a similar attack in the same region on June 4.

Security forces are the usual target of these kind of attacks which are increasingly frequent in northeast Algeria and attributed to small Islamist groups still active in the country, which was ravaged by a near civil war in the 1990s when an estimated 200,000 people were killed.

© 2011 AFP

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