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Family wiped out in Algeria attack
People mourn massacre victims, February 2003
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Suspected Islamic militants have killed 14 people - all from the same family - in an overnight raid in Algeria.

Security officials said two men, their wives and children aged 18 months to 17 years were shot dead and had their throats slit in the attack in the Chlef region, about 200 kilometres (125 miles) west of Algiers.

The raid followed an attack on Sunday in which eight people were killed by suspected Islamic militants in the same region.

It was not immediately clear who carried out the latest attack, but Algeria's authorities said the hardline Armed Islamic Group (GIA) was known to be active in the area.

Correspondents say massacres attributed to GIA often appear to be at random, with victims selected from among travellers on country roads or poor villagers in outlying areas.

The state radio said that government troops had begun sweeping the area in search of the attackers.

The GIA is among two groups which have rejected a partial amnesty offered in 1999 by President Abdelaziz Bouteflika as part of a national reconciliation programme aimed at ending violence.

Around 150,000 people have been killed in Algeria's brutal civil war which started in 1992, after the authorities cancelled a parliamentary election which Islamists were poised to win.

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