Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Algeria

Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Algeria

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1996

Apr. 18: In Algiers, six Islamists died in a clash with an unidentified group. [4/23 FBIS]

Apr. 26: The Armed Islamic Group (GIA) claimed responsibility for the kidnapping of seven French Trappist monks on 27 March. [4/26 FBIS]

May 2: Al-Watan newspaper reported that 20 people had died in a clash between GIA factions in Blida, south of Algiers. [5/3 FBIS]

May 4: In Tizi Ouzou, a bomb at a bus stop killed two people and wounded 14 others. [5/6 NYT, FT]

In Oved Smar, near Algiers, unknown assailants killed former Interior Minister Muhammad Harbi. [5/6 NYT]

May 5: Security forces reported killing 16 "criminals." [5/8 FBIS]

An unidentified group of ten Islamists captured three people and then barricaded themselves in their captives' Algiers apartment. Security forces surrounded the apartment. [5/7 FBIS]

President Liamine Zeroual announced that national legislative elections would be held on an unspecified date in the first half of 1997. [5/6 NYT]

May 6: In Algiers, 18 people died when security forces attacked ten Islamists holed-up in an apartment with three hostages. The hostages were freed. [5/7, 5/8 FBIS]

May 7: Authorities prevented the distribution of the 7 May edition of Al-Watan newspaper. [5/8 FBIS]

May 11: In Blida, a truck bomb exploded, killing three people and wounding 60 others. [5/13 FBIS]

May 12: President Zeroual publicized a plan to end violence in the country through constitutional changes that would include a second legislative body. Zeroual asked that political parties respond to his proposal within two weeks. [5/13 FT]

May 18: In Algiers, security forces assaulted an apartment used by an Islamist group, killing at least three suspects. …

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