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Victims plead for help Thursday after a suicide bomber ravaged a crowd awaiting Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, in Batna, Algiers. The bomber struck in front of Al-Atik mosque about 45 minutes before the Bouteflika's scheduled arrival in the town. The blast killed 14 people and wounded at least 37. Bouteflkika appeared on television after the attack to denounce the attackers as "criminals" and vowed to pursue his national reconciliation policy. The North African nation is has struggled to recover from a civil war in the 1990s that left more than 150,000 dead. Ouahab Hebbat / AP Photo
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