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21killed, hundreds injured in ethnic clashes in Algeria's southern province


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At least 21 people were killed and hundreds others injured in ethnic clashes between Berber and Arab communities in Algeria' southern province of Ghardaia, local sources told Xinhua Wednesday.

A security source reportedly said the clashes erupted when a group of unknown youngsters with knives and firearms assailed a private bus. The overnight clashes continued until dawn, according to reports from Xinhua.

Xinhua says since December 2013, the province of Ghardaia has been hit by a series of violent ethnic clashes between the Chaamba community, of Arab origin, and Mozabite Berbers of the Muslim Ibadi sect, which claimed so far more than 35 lives. An unstable calm was  reportedly restored last January after the two sides reached a truce initiated by President Abdelaziz Bouteflika. However, this shaky calm did not resist more than six month.