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DATE=11/21/1999 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=ALGERIA / MASSACRES / UPDATE (L-ONLY) NUMBER=2-256413 BYLINE=SCOTT BOBB DATELINE=CAIRO CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: Security forces in Algeria report 15-people have been killed and eight wounded in an Islamist militant attack. Correspondent Scott Bobb reports from our Middle East Bureau in Cairo that Algeria's president is warning the Islamist guerrillas to end their violence or face eradication. TEXT: The latest attack occurred at a roadblock near the city of Blida, 50-kilometers south of Algiers. The victims were gunned to death or their throats were slit, a method often used by Islamic militants. Twenty people were killed a few days before, bringing to nearly 100 the number of victims in the past few weeks. Algerian newspapers say 500 people have been killed since last September, when Algerians approved a law granting amnesty to militants who turn themselves in. But two extremist groups have rejected the amnesty and vow to continue their war. The latest attacks have led some to worry about a resurgence of violence in coming months, especially during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan which begins in two-weeks. The former Egyptian ambassador to Algeria, Hussein Ahmed Amin, told V-O-A such violence is to be expected. /// AMIN ACT /// I think that the recurrence of violence in Algeria is normal, though regrettable. But it is the remains of the heritage of violence that has been seen for the past six-years or seven- years. /// END ACT /// Ambassador Amin says he believes Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika is capable of ending the violence, although it will take some time. President Bouteflika warned Friday those who do not take advantage of the amnesty that is to expire in January, will be eliminated. (SIGNED) NEB/SB/ALW/RAE 21-Nov-1999 12:18 PM EDT (21-Nov-1999 1718 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .





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