Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Algeria

Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Algeria

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See also, Petroleum Affairs, Regional Affairs, Western Sahara

1996

Oct. 21: In Algiers, the mayor of Algiers, `Ali Boucetta, was fatally shot. One report stated that Boucetta was attacked in his motorcade by Islamists. Another report, from government authorities, stated that Boucetta was killed at his home by a stray bullet. The France-based Europe 1 radio reported that police had killed 13 Islamists in connection with the incident. [10/22 NYT]

Oct. 22: The government submitted for public consideration a draft constitution to be voted on in a referendum on 28 November. [10/23 NYT]

Nov. 5: In Sid Kibir, 30 miles south of Algiers, an unknown group killed 31 people. The government blamed the attack on "terrorists." [11/7 WP]

Nov. 6: It was reported that an unknown group killed 13 people in Duaduda, west of Algiers. [ll/6 WP]

Nov. 7: In the western village of Bukiu, a bomb exploded in a health center, killing five people. Security sources blamed Islamists. [11/8 WP]

Nov. 8: In Sid Kibir, inhabitants attacked members of the group thought responsible for the 5 November incident, killing two of the group and wounding one. [11/13 FBIS]

Nov. 10: In the Tixeraine suburb of Algiers, a bomb exploded near a bus and a school, killing 15 people and wounding 30 others. [11/11 NYT]

Nov. 13: In Blida Province, an unidentified group killed 12 people. Authorities blamed Islamists for the act. [11/15 WP]

Nov. 14: In Medea Province, an unidentified group killed eight people. Authorities blamed Islamists for the act. [11/15 WP]

Nov. 19: The London-based Amnesty International issued a report that stated that citizen militias, armed by the government to fight against Islamists, had been guilty of extrajudicial executions. [11/19 FT]

Nov. 25: In Berrouaghia, south of Algiers, a bomb exploded at a bus stop, killing one person and wounding 13 others. [11/26 WP]

Nov. 28: A referendum on a new constitution was held. The proposed constitutional changes included a ban on religiously based political parties and enhanced presidential powers. [11/29 NYT]

In Algiers, a bomb exploded in a cafe, killing five people. [12/2 FBIS]

Nov. 29: The government released the results of the previous day's referendum on the new constitution. Of the 12.7 million people who voted, 85.5 percent voted in favor of the new constitution. Opposition groups charged the government with vote tampering. …

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