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AFP
July 3, 2020

Algeria says France to return remains of 24 resistance fighters

World

AFP
July 3, 2020

ALGIERS: Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune on Thursday said France will return the remains of 24 resistance fighters who were killed during its colonisation of the North African country.

“Within a few hours Algerian military planes will fly in from France and land at the Houari Boumediene international airport with the remains of 24 (members) of the popular resistance,” Tebboune said during a military ceremony.

Tebboune said some of the remains belonged to “leaders” of the resistance movement who were killed in the 19th century fighting against France which occupied and ruled Algeria for 132 years. In his speech, Tebboune said these resistance fighters “had been deprived of their natural and human right to be buried for more than 170 years”. One of the leaders whose remains are to be returned is Sheikh Bouzian, who was captured in 1849 by the French, shot and decapitated. The remains of two other key figures of the resistance — Bou Amar Ben Kedida and Si Mokhtar Ben Kouider Al Titraoui — are also among those expected back in Algeria. The country won independence from France in 1962 after eight years of bitter war that left some 1.5 million Algerians dead.