More Algerian police officers killed in clashes with terrorists
Nine Algerian police officers were killed over the weekend in attacks by terrorist gunmen, local and international press reports said on Saturday (February 9th). Eight officers were killed on Thursday after being lured out of their barracks by a late-night phone call about a supposed smugglers' hide-out. Seven of them died under machine gun fire outside the village of Ain R'Ghiya, near the Tunisian border. An eighth succumbed to his injuries later on. In a separate attack, one officer was killed and another injured in the eastern village of Boukalfa when gunmen opened fire on guards at a military barracks.
In related news on Thursday, APS quoted General Director of National Security Ali Tounsi as saying that Algeria will add 15,000 policemen per year, to reach a total of 200,000 by 2010. Prime Minister Abdelaziz Belkhadem added that Algeria is "still holding out the hand of national reconciliation".
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