Algeria wildfires: At least 32 people killed as blazes ravage forest and villages east of the capital

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At least 32 people have been killed in wildfires that erupted in Algeria, including 25 soldiers trying to save residents from the blazes, the country's officials have said.

The fires have been ravaging forests and villages east of the capital, Algiers, in the Kabyle region.

Prime Minister Ayman Benabderrahmane said the blazes appeared to be "highly synchronised," saying that "leads one to believe these were criminal acts".

He called on the international community to help and said the government was in talks with partners to hire planes to extinguish fires. The region has no water-dumping aircraft.

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