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Raid on Black Market Sparks Riot in Algeria

<i> Reuters</i>

Algerian youths, angered at a police raid on a black market, rioted for six hours, burning two police vehicles and a municipal truck, Radio Algeria said Wednesday.

Riot police were deployed to restore order in Tablat, 44 miles east of Algiers, on Monday night, the radio said.

Rioting erupted when police seized goods worth $1.25 million from a black market store and detained the owner.

The government launched a campaign in May to stamp out black marketeering.

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