Algeria frees militant prisoners

Algeria released 60 Muslim fundamentalists from its desert prison camp of Ain M'Guel yesterday morning, Reuter reports from Algiers. The official news agency APS said the men had been put on a plane to be flown to their homes and that other prisoners would be released in coming days. The Interior Ministry said the releases were conciliatory gestures before a national conference on Algeria's political future that is due to begin today.