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Bomb kills seven Algerian troops: ministry

  • Algerian soldiers prepare before they parade on July 12, 2014 on the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris, during a rehearsal of the French national celebration, the Bastille Day, two days ahead of the event. AFP PHOTO / KENZO TRIBOUILLARD

ALGIERS: A roadside bomb has killed three Algerian soldiers and four auxiliaries in the west of the North African country, the defense ministry said Sunday.

Saturday's blast struck in the Sid Bel-Abbes region 440 kilometres (275 miles) west of the capital, the ministry said.

The auxiliaries were members of the village guards -- a militia formed by the government in 1994 at the height of the country's devastating decade-long civil war to fight Islamist militants.

 
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