24 extremists sentenced to death in Algeria on terrorism charges
www.chinaview.cn 2008-05-25 10:30:52   Print

    ALGIERS, May 24 (Xinhua) -- Twenty-four extremists were sentenced to death in Algeria on Saturday on charges of terrorism and other crimes, local media reported.

    The extremists had also been convicted of illegal possession of weapons, use of explosives as well as involvement in kidnapping, the Algerian Press Service reported.

    Armed extremist groups in the country have launched frequent attacks on army troops, police, government institutions, and civilians since the 1990s.

    The security situation in Algeria has improved in recent years, but terrorist attacks still occur in some parts of the country.

    In December last year, an Algerian terrorist group allegedly related to al Qaeda slammed a car bomb into the UN compound in Algeria's capital Algiers, killing 22 people and wounding 40 others.

    Algerian Interior Minister Noureddine Yazid Zerhouni has said his country would double the funding of national security to 4 billion euros (6.29 billion U.S. dollars) to combat the militant attacks.

Editor: Wang Hongjiang
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