An Algerian boy rides his bicycle past a damaged building following sectarian clashes on March 16, 2014 in the town of Ghardaia, some 600 kilometres (370 miles) south of Algiers. AFP PHOTO / FAROUK BATICHE
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At least 22 people have died in clashes between Berber and Arab communities in southern Algeria on the edge of the Sahara desert, the national news agency APS reported Wednesday.It was the bloodiest toll in two years of frequent clashes between the communities, prompting President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to convene an emergency meeting of top leaders including army chief of staff Gen. Ahmad Gaid Salah.APS said another 19 people wounded in two days of clashes between Chaamba Arabs and Mozabite Berbers in the M'zab valley had died of their injuries, raising the toll since Tuesday to 22 .
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