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97 ALGERIANS DIE IN NEW MASSACRES

Ninety-seven Algerian civilians were killed in new massacres at fake roadblocks, hamlet raids, a bomb explosion and other attacks across Algeria, Algerian dailies said Tuesday.

In the worst incident, attackers cut the throats of 34 villagers -- 19 women, 11 children aged 1 to 8 years, and four men -- overnight on Sunday and Monday at El Faoudj hamlet in Medea area, 45 miles south of Algiers, said Le Soir d'Algerie.

The assailants booby-trapped one body, which exploded later, wounding several people among relatives and rescuers who rushed to the massacre spot, the daily evening paper added.

More than 65,000 people have been killed in violence since early 1992 when the authorities canceled a general election in which radical Islamists had taken a commanding lead.

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