EU, NATO condemn Algeria suicide bombing

August 20th, 2008 - 1:05 am ICT by IANS  

Brussels, Aug 19 (DPA) NATO and the European Union (EU) strongly condemned Tuesday’s suicide bomb attack against a police academy in Algeria that left at least 43 people dead.In a statement, NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer said there could be no justification for such a “heinous act”.

The NATO chief said the alliance would continue to cooperate with Algeria in “the fight against the scourge of terrorism”.

The EU’s external affairs commissioner, Benita Ferrero-Waldner, said she was “profoundly shocked” by the bombing.

“Algeria can count on Europe for its support in the fight against terrorism,” Ferrero-Waldner said.

Tuesday’s attack in Algeria was the worst since a double car bombing in mid-December killed 41 people, including 17 UN workers.

No organisation had yet taken responsibility for the attack.

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