Algerian police take action against gang warfare

Over 100 killed in 2014, bodies burnt to avoid identification

14 August, 12:33

    Newly-graduated Algerian policemen show their combat skills during a graduation ceremony (archive) Newly-graduated Algerian policemen show their combat skills during a graduation ceremony (archive)

    (ANSAmed) - ROME - One hundred people have been killed since the beginning of the year in ongoing gang warfare in Algeria, and the numerous police deployed to curb the violence seem unable to do so. Though affecting the entire country, roughly 60% of the crimes are concentrated in ten of the administrative 'wilayas', including those of Algiers, Blida and Oran.

    Reformist daily El Watan sounded the alarm on Wednesday, attentive as it is to Algeria's social trends and often criticial of the central authorities' anti-crime policies.

    Crime levels continue to rise every year, and Algerian gangs have become more dangerous as they have started to follow the example of other organized crime groups, including French ones, whose techniques and strategies they openly imitate. Murders are every more heinous and frequently end with the burning of the victims' corpses to make identification either impossible or at least more time-consuming. (ANSAmed).

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