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Algeria Joined Nigeria As Oil Workers' Hazardous Area

The wounded included one American, four Britons, one Canadian, two Lebanese employees and one Algerian

Assailants hurled a bomb and fired at two vehicles carrying employees of an affiliate of Halliburton company near Algiers on Sunday, killing a driver and wounding nine other people, Reuters reported.

The driver was Algerian. The wounded included one American, four Britons, one Canadian, two Lebanese employees and one Algerian, the Interior Ministry said in a statement. Eight were treated in a hospital and discharged, while one remained hospitalized. The statement did not indicate the patient's nationality.

The attack threatened to stain Algeria's security image just as the country is enjoying an oil boom and increased foreign investment after a bloody insurgency that racked the North African country in the 1990s.