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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Killings Reported In Algierian Buses

CAIRO -- More than 100 Moslem militants armed with rifles, daggers and axes attacked two buses in Algeria over the weekend, killing at least 63 people, the Arabic daily Al-Hayat reported Monday.

The London-based newspaper quoted witnesses as saying the attacks took place on a highway southeast of the capital Algiers.

It said the militants stopped the two buses by setting up false police barricades.

Authorities would neither confirm nor deny the report.

If verified, it would be one of the worst mass killings this year in the North African nation bloodied by a four-year Islamic insurgency.

The attackers asked for the identification cards of the passengers, rounded up those whose hometown was Batna, then slayed them, witnesses on one of the buses told the newspaper.

It said the attackers carried hunting rifles, daggers and axes, and did not differentiate between old people, women and children.

Al-Hayat said this was the first time that civilians were killed because they lived in one town. It speculated that purpose was to start trouble among Algeria's tribes.