Algeria: Military commander to restore order in Ghardaia

Southern Ghardaia province witnessed sectarian violence over last two days that killed 22 people and left tens injured

Algeria: Military commander to restore order in Ghardaia

World Bulletin / News Desk

Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika commissioned Wednesday a military commander to supervise the operation to restore security in Algeria's Ghardaia province.

The province witnessed renewed sectarian violence over the last two days that left 22 people dead and left tens injured.

The decision comes after a meeting led by Bouteflika was organized to discuss the latest developments.

The meeting took place with Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal, Deputy Minister of Defense and Army Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Qayed Salah and Director of the President’s Office Ahmed Ouyahia.

Bouteflika also issued instructions to the government to carry out programs aimed at political and economic development, without revealing the content of these plans.

Twenty-two people have been killed in Algeria in renewed sectarian violence in Ghardaia province (600km south of the capital) over the past two days, with most of them falling in al-Qarara city, according to official statistics.

Local sources say on Wednesday evening that calm had returned to all the province’s cities and neighborhoods after two days of clashes.

Since December 2013, Ghardaia province has been witnessing sectarian violence between Arabs of the Maliki Islamic school of thought and Berbers of the Ibadi Islamic sect, leading to tens of deaths, hundreds of injured and widespread damage to private property.

These clashes follow the same pattern every time, skirmishes between the youths of both sects before expanding into widespread violence.

The authorities have failed to stop the sectarian clashes despite the presence of 8,000 police officers in the province, which does not have a population higher than 380,000 people. This is in addition to repeated visits by officials to the area.

A number of pro-goverment and opposition parties called on the governing authorities Wednesday to move quickly to contain the wave of violence, according to statements they released.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 09 Temmuz 2015, 14:27