New killings in Algeria claim 23 lives

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — New killings in western Algeria claimed 23 lives Wednesday, Algerian security forces said, amid reports of a new government campaign to wipe out armed Islamic groups in the region.
The latest victims were killed at Sidi Djilali, near the border with Morocco, about 340 miles west of the capital Algiers, a military statement said. It gave no further details.
No one claimed responsibility for the attacks, but such incidents are usually blamed on the Armed Islamic Group, which is seeking to overthrow the military-backed government.
The killings came as the government intensified efforts to wipe out armed Islamic groups in western Algeria, according to reports in independent Algerian newspapers.