Al-Qaeda claims car bombs in Algeria

24 August 2008

The North African branch of Al-Qaeda has claimed to have killed more than 60 people in Algeria over the past week, following a series of attacks by militants at locations across the country.

The terrorist group says it was behind a car bombing on 19 August, killing at least 43 people at a police college. The next day it carried out a further two car bombings, killing 12 Algerian employees of Canadian engineering firm, SNC-Lavalin.

Al-Qaeda claimed responsibility for the attacks in a televised statement on Qatar-based news channel Al-Jazeera. It also stressed that the group only targets government security forces and not civilians. The Algerian government disputes this.

Algeria suffered from a ruinous civil war in the 1990’s that killed more than 200,000 people. The country has enjoyed a greater degree of stability over the past five years, but has recently seen a return to violence as Islamist militants increasingly focus on the country.

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