It is important to watch the Mullahs and Sheiks of Islam and see how they teach their people to stay loyal to Allah and the Koran.  This article is NOT the exception-- This kind of holy coercion has been the standard operating procedure of Islamic leaders since 625 AD.  Also, you need to know that all over the Islamic world, spiritual Mullahs are meeting even now discussing the Algerian situation.  The consensus will ALWAYS be that this is just and holy religion in Algeria.  Also, please note that the Western world will do NOTHING about this unless oil supplies are threatened.  Indeed, Henry Kissinger would join the Mullahs and applaud the killing, for this forwards the cause of National Security Memorandum 200 in which Henry Kissinger called for the killing of the poor in the Third World.  Many people rejoice as Muslims kill Muslims in Algeria.  We do not.  We mourn these children and innocent people who die.  They cannot now hear the message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ-- the ONLY Peace Maker.

Report: More than 400 massacred in Algeria

January 2, 1998

Web posted at: 11:14 p.m. EST (0414 GMT)

ALGIERS, Algeria (CNN) -- More than 400 people were killed in separate attacks on four villages in western Algeria on Tuesday, the first day of the holy month of Ramadan, according to a report in an Algiers newspaper.

If true, the attacks -- the extent of which have not been independently confirmed -- would mark the worst single day of violence in the six-year-old insurgency by Islamic fundamentalists in Algeria.

The newspaper Liberte, citing eyewitnesses, said bands of assailants arrived at the villages, near the city of Relizane, just as the residents were breaking their daily Ramadan fast at sunset.

In violence that lasted until dawn the next morning, they slit people's throats, cut off their heads and bashed children to death against walls, Liberte said.

Algeria's government Wednesday acknowledged that the attacks had taken place, but on state radio, it said that only 78 people had been killed. In the past, the government has sought to downplay terrorist atrocities.

A regional hospital source, speaking on condition of anonymity, told the Associated Press that 100 people were injured in the attacks. In massacres of this kind in Algeria, more people are usually killed than injured.

A man identified only as Ali B. told Liberte that the attackers slit the throats of his wife and three of his children and killed his 16-year-old daughter with an axe to the stomach.

The Islamic insurgents want to overthrow the country's military-backed secular government and set up an Islamic state.  The violence started in January 1992, when parliamentary elections were annulled just as the Islamic Salvation Front seemed to be heading for a decisive victory. Since then, extremists have been trying to topple the military-backed government. More than 75,000 people have died.

There was no claim of responsibility for the attacks, though the region has been the frequent target of the Armed Islamic Group, Algeria's most violent insurgent faction. The group is thought to be the main force behind the country's frequent massacres of civilians.

Killings increase during Ramadan

During the insurgency, the month of Ramadan has been a time of increase violence. More than 400 people were killed during Ramadan last year, and more than 300 were killed in the two weeks leading up to this year's observance.

For Muslims, Ramadan marks the time of God's revelation of the Koran, Islam's holy book, to the Prophet Mohammed. During the month, Muslims, as an act of sacrifice and purification, abstain from food, drinking, smoking and sex between sunrise and sunset.

On Friday, a group of Algerian farmers south of Algiers fought off armed assailants who attacked their families, killing three of them.  A 10-year-old child was slain.

Four members of the farmers' families were injured in the attack, which took place in a rural area near the town of Chebli, 25 kilometers (15 miles) south of Algiers, according to a hospital source and one of the farmers.

The two biggest massacres before the attacks near Relizane took place last August in two villages south of Algiers, also a region frequently hit by the Armed Islamic Group. Some 250 people were killed at Bentalha, and between 200 and 300 people were killed days later in the village of Raisi.