Five killed in bomb blast in Algeria By Reuters

ALGER (Reuters) – Five people were killed and three others injured when a homemade bomb exploded in eastern Algeria on Thursday, the Defense Ministry said. The victims were aboard a vehicle when the explosion occurred in Tebessa province, about 573 kilometers (358 miles) from the capital Algiers, it said in a statement, without providing further details. Violence is rarer now in the North African country since authorities ended a war in the 1990s with armed Islamists in a conflict that killed 200,000 people. But al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and small gangs of Islamists allied with the Islamic State have been active in remote areas.

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