FILE - Riot police confront protesters during clashes in Oued Koriche, Algiers in this March 23, 2011 file photo. (REUTERS/Louafi Larbi)
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Weeks of heightened tensions between rival communities in the flashpoint oasis town of Ghardaia in southern Algeria have erupted into violence, leaving one person dead and several injured, officials said Monday.Schools and shops were shut after a group of youths went on the rampage on Sunday, attacking five different neighbourhoods and after a 39-year-old man was stabbed in the chest at his home. Another 10 people were wounded in the desert town 600 kilometres (400 miles) south of Algiers, among them three policemen, interior Minister Tayeb Belaiz said, cited by official Algerian media. In recent years, there have been numerous outbreaks of sectarian violence in the town that lies deep in the Sahara desert.
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