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Vol 39 No 9

Published 1st May 1998


Algeria

Patriot games

The arrest of over 100 members of 'patriot' militias, including the Presidents of the Relizane and Djidiouia Assemblées Populaires Communales, for involvement in 'extra-judicial executions',including some very high-profile massacres previously blamed on the Islamist underground, has at last confirmed suspicions that it is not just the Groupe Islamique Armé (GIA) that is doing the killing in Algeria's dirty war. The arrests followed the discovery of mass graves at Sidi M'Hamed Benaouda and Relizane, scene of last winter's massacres.

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