Algeria accuses separatists of wildfire lynching

Algerian authorities say they have established with “scientific and technical” evidence that separatists were involved in the killing of a man falsely accused of starting forest fires in the province of Tizi Ouzou.

Videos released by the police show suspects confessing to beating up and burning to death Djamel Bensmail, who had travelled 123 miles (197km) from his province of Ain Defla to help battle wildfires.

Some suspects also confessed to being members of the Movement for the Autonomy of Kabylie (MAK) which seeks to split the Berber-speaking region from the rest of Algeria.

More than 90 people including 33 soldiers have perished in wildfires that have hit northern Algeria – mainly the provinces of Tizi Ouzou and Bejaia.Article share tools

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