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French Battle Right-Wing Terrorists in Algeria

Mar. 21, 1962 - French military policemen battled with Right-Wing terrorists in the center of Oran, Algeria, for two hours today. European snipers fired at the gendarmes from housetops as others threw grenades out of windows at them. The gendarmes shot back and called up armored cars. At least 14 persons were injured, with casualties evenly distributed between the gendarmes and civilians. Six of the injured civilians were arrested and liable to be tried by the newly established military tribunal of Oran and with the risk of severe punishment. A military source said the cease-fire was being “perfectly respected” throughout Algeria by the nationalist army. He added with bitterness: “Only Europeans fire at the French Army in Algeria at the present.”

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