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Today in History: August 29, 1997 -- Carnage in Algeria.

Summary: Today in History: August 29, 1997 -- Carnage in Algeria

Abdul Kareem, Head of Archive

August 29

1842 Treaty of Nanking ends the First Opium War.

1885 The world's first motorcycle made by German engineer Gottlieb Daimler, is patented.

1909 The world's first air race, held in Rheims, France, is won by American aviator Glenn Curtiss.

1913 Pieter Cort Van der Linden becomes Prime Minister of the Netherlands

1935 Queen Astrid of Belgium is killed in accident.

1949 The Soviet Union successfully detonates its first atomic bomb, code name "First Lightning".

1952 Pyongyang, capital of North Korea, undergoes heaviest air raid of the Korean war.

1960 Jordan's Prime Minister Hazza Al Majali is assassinated

1965 US astronauts L. Gordon Cooper and Charles Conrad make safe landing after a record eight days of orbiting around Earth in Gemini 5.

1981 A bomb explodes outside the door of the Iranian radio and television office in Beirut, killing one person.

1991 The Soviet parliament suspends all activities of the Communist Party ending the 75-year control of the Soviet Union.

1993 A dam burst in China's Qinghai province kills at least 223 people.

1992 The last Russian diplomats pull out of Kabul, Afghanistan.

1994 Palestinians of the West Bank are given control over civilian government.

1997 Hooded men kill more than 300 people in an Algerian farm village.

1998 A Cuban airplane bursts into flames and crashes during takeoff from Quito, Ecuador, killing 79 people.

1999 East Timorese vote in a historic referendum on independence from Indonesia.

2001 A Spanish regional airline Binter Mediterraneo crash lands on highway killing four people.

2003 A car bomb kills at least 82 outside a Shiite shrine in the Iraqi city of Najaf.

2006 The euro rises above 150 yen in Tokyo for the first time.

2007 Nelson Mandela's statue unveiled opposite the Houses of Parliament in London.

2010 Thousands of Indonesians evacuate from the slopes of Sinabung volcano after its eruption for the first time in 400 years.

2013 At least 41 people are killed in a bus crash west of the Kenyan capital Nairobi.

2015 Briton Mo Farah becomes the first man to win back-to-back world distance doubles when he stormed to the 5,000-metres victory in Beijing, China.



Carnage in Algeria

Descending on an isolated farming village in the dead of night, hooded attackers armed with axes roused people from their sleep and spent five hours slaughtering them, slitting their throats or decapitating them. More than 300 people were believed killed in the worst carnage since the insurgency began in 1992. The military-backed government, which rarely comments on specific attacks and often seeks to minimise the death toll, gave an official count of 98 killed and 120 wounded. The attack came only a week after President Liamine Zeroual claimed that "terrorism is living its final hours". Hooded and armed with knives and axes, the attackers arrived in Rais in trucks and cars, the villagers said. They entered homes to rouse victims from their sleep, slitting their throats and decapitating many of them in what has become a hallmark of militant attacks. Before leaving, the attackers burned many of the bodies. They also destroyed some homes with explosives, after searching them and taking food, clothes, money and jewellery.

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Date:Aug 28, 2017
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