State Dept. renews travel warning for Algeria

WASHINGTON -- The State Dept. renewed its existing travel warning for Algeria, advising U.S. citizens against visiting the African nation.

"Americans are warned to avoid travel to the Sahara desert areas of southeastern Algeria and northeastern Mali, where terrorists held 32 Europeans hostage between February and August," the department said.

While the department noted that "over the past several months, the city of Algiers and its immediate suburbs have recorded a drop in the number of terrorist-associated incidents," it added that "random terrorist attacks still occur in rural and remote areas, on public transportation outside the major cities, and in some parts of the country at night."

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