boys near Algiers, an Algerian newspaper said on Tuesday. The bomb went off on Monday when the boys were playing football at Freres Mansouri school in Sidi Moussa town, some 20 km (12 miles) south of Algiers, said Liberte newspaper quoting the boys' parents. One of the four boys was seriously wounded in the head and underwent surgery, Liberte said. More than 300 people have died in the past four weeks coinciding with the Moslem fasting month of Ramadan in massacres and bomb attacks in Algiers and neighbouring villages and towns. The authorities blamed Moslem rebels for the deaths. More than 20 people, including four families, were killed in Algiers and three
nearby towns last Friday and Saturday, coinciding with the end of Ramadan and the feast of Eid al-Fitr, according to Algerian newspapers. About 60,000 people have died in Algeria's violence pitting Moslem guerrillas against government forces since early 1992 when the authorities cancelled a general election in which radical Islamists had taken a commanding lead.