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At least 14 Algerian troops have been killed in an ambush by rebels according to media reports there. One source said up to 20 might have died. Earliest information suggests they were travelling in convoy in the Tipaza province in the west of Algeria when they were attacked.

The government has been fighting an uprising by Islamist militants for almost 20 years – fighters who have affiliated themselves to al-Qaeda in recent years. Algeria is one of the world’s leading exporters of both oil and natural gas,

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