- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 31, 2001

13 killed in Algeria in extremist ambush
ALGIERS Thirteen persons, 12 of them members of a civilian guard unit, were killed yesterday by a group of armed Islamic extremists in Algeria's northwestern Relizane region, security services officials said.
The victims were ambushed soon after dawn while traveling in a truck between the towns of Mendes and Ouled Rafaa, some 190 miles west of the capital of Algiers, the officials said.
The Muslim fundamentalist Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat (GSPC), led by Hassan Hattab, is known to operate in the region and is infamous for its attacks on civilians, frequently slitting the throats of victims.

Suicide bombing destroys Sri Lankan oil tanker
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka Tamil Tiger rebels staged a major suicide bomb attack and destroyed an oil tanker off Sri Lanka's northern coast yesterday, leaving three security personnel missing, the defense ministry said.
Navy boats rescued all 12 merchant sailors from the tanker, Defense Ministry spokesman Sanath Karunaratne said, and there were 16 security persons on board the vessel.

Berlin begins work on Holocaust memorial
BERLIN Saying Germany was taking responsibility for its history, parliament Speaker Wolfgang Thierse yesterday inaugurated construction of a much-contested Holocaust memorial in Berlin.
"After the long phase of discussion and dispute the phase of building has begun," Mr. Thierse said, before jumping on a yellow excavating tractor and activating the shovel as reporters and cameramen recorded the scene in a vacant lot near the historic Brandenburg Gate.

Another arms cache discovered in Bosnia
SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina Troops from the NATO-led force serving here have discovered a second arms cache near Sarajevo that could have served to attack a nearby U.S. camp, a peace-keeping force spokesman said yesterday.
The arms, buried in the ground, are located in a minefield near the eastern town of Han Pijesak some 30 miles northeast of Sarajevo, which is currently being cleared before digging takes place, spokesman Daryl Morell said without elaborating.
The area of Han Pijesak, the wartime headquarters of the Bosnian Serb army, is located in the sector patrolled by the 3,000 U.S. troops serving in the peacekeeping force sent to Bosnia after the end of the 1992-95 war.

Princess Anne meets with HIV/AIDS victims
ABUJA, Nigeria Britain's Princess Anne yesterday met Nigerians living with HIV/AIDS in a village project near here run by London-based charity ActionAid, on the second day of a weeklong visit.
Nigeria, Africa's most populous country, has more than 2.6 million people living with HIV/AIDS and is in the "explosive" phase of the epidemic with the number of victims rising fast.
The princess, who is on her first visit to the country of more than 120 million people, arrived Monday and met President Olusegun Obasanjo for a private dinner


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