ALGIERS (Reuters) - Five people died and three others were wounded when a homemade bomb exploded in eastern Algeria on Thursday, the defense ministry said.
The victims were on board a vehicle when the explosion took place in the Tebessa Province, some 573 km (358 miles) from the capital, Algiers, it said in a statement, without providing further details.
Violence is rarer now in the North African country since authorities ended a war in 1990s with armed Islamists in a conflict that killed 200,000 people.
But al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and small bands of Islamists allied to Islamic State have been active in remote areas.
Reporting by Hamid Ould Ahmed; Editing by Lisa Shumaker
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