At least 35 killed in Algerian massacres

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Armed groups killed at least 35 civilians in two separate attacks Monday in Algeria, prompting security forces to urge residents to take extra precautions.
State-run radio said 27 people were killed near Oran, 250 miles west of the capital, Algiers. Eight others were slain near M’Sila, 125 miles southeast of Algiers.
Details of the attacks were not immediately available and there were no claims of responsibility. Such attacks usually are blamed on Muslim extremists who have led an insurgency since 1992, when the army canceled national elections that a Muslim fundamentalist party was poised to win.
More than 75,000 people are estimated to have died since the violence erupted.