21 killed in tragic Algeria bus accident


ALGIERS - Twenty-one people were killed and more than 30 injured in northwestern Algeria early Sunday when the bus they were riding in plunged into a ravine, public radio reported, updating an earlier toll.
The accident happened in the small hours near the town of Guertoufa in the province of Tiaret, some 280 kilometres (175 miles) southwest of the capital Algiers, public safety spokesman Farouk Achour said.
The cause of the accident was not yet known, he said.
As well Algerians, a Malian and a Nigerian were among the dead, said a hospital official.
The bus had been travelling from the oil city Hassi Messaoud and heading for Oran, in the west, some 1,000 kilometres away.