Al Qaeda claims responsibility for Algeria bombings

August 22nd, 2008 - 12:39 pm ICT by IANS  

Cairo, Aug 22 (DPA) The North African wing of the Al Qaeda terrorist network claimed responsibility for two car bombings in Algeria this week that killed 12 people, the al-Jazeera television network reported.In an audio recording, a spokesman claimed Wednesday’s bombings in Bouira, about 100 km southeast of the capital, Algiers, were carried out by Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, the news network said late Thursday.

The two car bombs detonated in the city centre. In one attack, a suicide bomber drove his car into a military administration office in Bouira. In the second bombing, a suicide attacker drove his car toward a hotel but at the last moment diverted it to smash into a bus before exploding.

The attacks followed a bombing by the group Tuesday in Issers, 60 km east of Algiers, where a suicide bomber drove a bomb-laden car into the main entrance of a school where police academy candidates were gathered, killing 43 people and wounding 45.

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