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Algeria sentences six Islamists to death

Convicted for 2009 attack that killed 19

A criminal court in eastern Algeria sentenced six people to death Saturday for a 2009 attack that killed 19 people and for which al-Qaeda claimed responsibility, APS news agency reported.

The court in Constantine also handed four others two-year prison sentences for "supporting a terrorist group," it said. Another 15 were acquitted, while sentencing for a last defendant, still at large, has been postponed.

Algeria has not applied the death sentence since 1993.