Two suicide bombers hit a military barracks in Algeria on Friday, killing 18 people in one of the deadliest attacks in the North African country in recent years.
The attackers arrived by motorbike near the entrance of the barracks in Cherchell soon after iftar, when Muslims break their daily fast during the holy month of Ramadan, a security source said.
"Of the 18 dead, there are 16 servicemen and two civilians," a hospital source said.
The town of Cherchell, home to ancient Roman ruins, lies just under 100 km (60 miles) west of the capital Algiers.
One the last major attacks was in August 2008, when a bomb attack targeting a paramilitary gendarmerie training school at Issers, east of Algiers, killed 48. In June 2009, insurgents killed 18 paramilitary police officers and one civilian, according to officials, in an ambush.
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