Algeria’s Arabs, Amazighs clash

Clashes between Arabs and Amazighs leave one dead, 40 injured in Algerian city of Ghardaia

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Clashes erupted in Aleria’s northern central city of Ghardaia between Sunni Arabs and Amazighs from Ibadi sect, claiming one dead and 40 wounded, including 17 policemen.

According to local sources, clashes between the two groups in Berianne district of Ghardaia city restarted over the  attacks on some houses last night.

The attackers used petroleum bomb and cutleries during the incidents in which one Arab was killed. Four houses and two vehicles were also burnt.

The clashes between Arabs and Amazighs have been continuing on and off since 2013, raising the fear of a secterian violence

Ten people have been killed and hundreds of others have been wounded, including 50 policemen, in the fight so far. The clashes intensified on July, 2014.

Ibadism, a distinct sect of Islam, is neither Sunni nor Shiite and developed out of the seventh-century Islamic sect known as the Khawarij.

The semi-nomadic Ibadis continue their existence mostly in Oman and North Africa.

TRTWorld and agencies