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Wednesday, 6 March, 2002, 14:50 GMT
Algerian militants 'attack army barracks'
Press reports from Algeria say suspected Islamic militants have attacked an army barracks with machine guns and grenades, killing at least 12 pro-government militiamen.

The militants are said to have overrun the barracks at Oum Toub, east of Algiers, and stolen weapons before burning the building down.

Three more members of the pro-government militia are reported to have been killed in a separate attack in the same region.

There has been no independent confirmation of the press reports.

A militant Islamic group is know to be active in eastern Algeria.

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