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Algerian Prison Uprising

On November 13, 1994, 700 fundamentalist Muslim prisoners on death row, joined by 100 other prisoners, seized control of the Berrouaghia prison for several hours and tried to take guards hostage. The prison, located outside the capital of Algiers, holds several thousand prisoners. Many of the prisoners are members of the Islamic Salvation Front which has been battling the military junta that took power after the Muslims won the 1991 elections held in Algeria.

The prisoners were armed with knives and set their cells, beds, kitchen and nursing room on fire. Prison guards stormed the prison and retook it in a hail of gunfire that left 8 prisoners dead and 58 wounded. Two guards were reported injured. This follows on the March, 1994, jailbreak by several hundred prisoners in the Tazoult prison, see: ,  June, 1994.

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