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Vol 38 No 4

Published 14th February 1997


The battle for power

The murder campaign during Ramadan shows that the Islamists remain undefeated and points to fierce in-fighting in the regime

Ramadan is over but the wave of terror during the holy month leaves a bitter legacy. Dozens of villagers died in attacks by Groupe Islamique Armé units – many had their throats cut; others died when car-bombs exploded in Algiers and Blida; the Algerian press put the death toll at around 300 people. Radical Islam is far from defeated, contrary to the claims of Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia and other senior officials at the start of the year. Moreover, there are signs that some attacks have been ordered by senior members of the military-security establishment.

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