Middle East

3 decapitated bodies 'found' in western Algeria

Mountains above the Algerian village of Medea, 100km south of Algiers. The decapitated bodies of three civilians, including a father and his son, were found in western Algeria, near the city of Tlemcen, an Algerian newspaper reported Friday citing security sources.

Mountains above the Algerian village of Medea, 100km south of Algiers. The decapitated bodies of three civilians, including a father and his son, were found in western Algeria, near the city of Tlemcen, an Algerian newspaper reported Friday citing security sources.  (AFP)

The decapitated bodies of three civilians, including a father and his son, were found in western Algeria, near the city of Tlemcen, an Algerian newspaper reported Friday citing security sources.

The three victims set off on a hunting expedition on Wednesday and did not return, according to El-Watan, prompting their relatives to alert the police, who discovered their corpses on Thursday.

A fourth person who was with them reportedly managed to escape.

The mountainous far western region, which overlooks neighbouring Morocco, was used by Islamist insurgents as a base during Algeria's so-called black decade of civil war in the 1990s, and radical Islamist groups still occasionally take refuge there.

But attacks by Al-Qaeda-linked Islamists in Algeria are more common in the Kabylie region east of the capital and tend to target members of the security forces.

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