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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Algerian Militants Warn France of More Violence

CAIRO -- Algeria's Armed Islamic Group (GIA), which claimed responsibility for killing five French nationals this month, has threatened further violent attacks unless Paris meets six conditions.


In a statement published on Friday, the GIA, which has also demanded that 22 Algerians detained at a French military barracks be freed, said France must agree to the conditions or face "violent attacks on its interests in Algeria."


The Algerians are being detained indefinitely after a police crackdown on Moslem militants in France which followed the killing of three French paramilitary gendarmes and two embassy employees in Algeria on August 3.


The statement, reported by the London-based al-Hayat newspaper, demanded that Paris:


?evacuate all French citizens from Algeria;


?end its support for Algeria's army-backed government, which the militants are trying to overthrow;


?agree to compensate Moslems for losses the GIA said they suffered because of French support for the Algerian authorities;


?protect Moslem rights in France;


?give the names of French government officials it said were "collaborating" with the Algerian government;


?"agree to work and cooperate with the armed Moslem group in accordance with known Islamic laws."


Militant Moslem groups, among which the GIA is reputed to be the most ruthless, have been fighting the Algiers government since the authorities in January 1992 cancelled a general election the fundamentalists were poised to win.