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Last Updated: Friday, 8 April, 2005, 18:14 GMT 19:14 UK
Algeria roadblock gunmen kill 14
Suspected Islamic militants in Algeria have killed at least 14 people at a fake roadblock near Algiers.

A group of gunmen stopped cars near the town of Larba, about 30km (18 miles) south of the capital, forcing the passengers out and shooting them dead.

A lorry driver escaped and alerted the security forces.

Thursday's attack came after President Abdelaziz Bouteflika told Algerians that security had been "largely restored across the country".

Officials believe the ambush may have been carried out by members of the Armed Islamic Group (GIA) - which the authorities had previously described as defeated.

The GIA and other militant groups waged a decade-long campaign of violence, following the annulment in 1992 of elections which Islamic groups were poised to win.

An estimated 150,00 people are thought to have been killed in the violence.

In recent years most attacks have been blamed on the Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat (GSPC), which is allegedly linked to al-Qaeda.


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