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Algerian Youths Target Egyptian Firms

YOUTHS in Algiers trashed Egypt Air's local office on Monday, two days after the Algerian team lost to Egypt in a World Cup qualifying match to force a playoff. No one was injured.

In one of several violent incidents, Algerian supporters broke down doors and smashed the windows of the airline's office and then set fire to its furniture. With staff fearing violence, the office had remained closed.

Youths cheered a team slogan as firefighters worked to put out the flames. They said they were angry that Algerian players and fans had been attacked by Egypt supporters before and after Saturday's match in Cairo, which Egypt won 2-0.

The Algeria team says Egypt supporters threw stones at their bus, breaking windows and lightly injuring four players. The two sides will play again in Sudan today, with the winner advancing to the World Cup next year.

Twelve Egyptians and 20 Algerians were injured in scuffles following Saturday's game. All have since been released from the hospital.

A day earlier, the Algerian office of mobile operator Djezzy, owned by Egyptian telecom giant Orascom Telecom, was vandalized by youths. Personnel took refuge in a nearby hotel.


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