Bomb Blasts in Algiers!… At Least 53 Are Dead in Explosions
The suicide operations, indicated to be within the “Badr Battle in the Islamic Maghreb” and the first of its kind in the area, were carried out today by three members of the group, Ma’az bin Jamal, Al-Zubair Abu Sajeda, and Abu Dajana. After careful planning and targeting, the bombers individually struck the seat of the Algerian government in the capital Algiers, and Interpol police headquarters and the headquarters of special police forces in Bab Ezzouar, a suburb east of Algiers. Each member drove a truck laden with explosives, allegedly killing more than 53 individuals and injuring dozens more. According to “special sources” the prelimary total for casualties is 200 between killed and injured.
Al Qaeda claimed responsibility for explosions that rocked the capital of Algeria today!…
At least 30 are dead in Algiers after two separate bomb blasts targeted the government today.
Firemen tend to victims of a suicide car bomb which exploded near the prime minister’s headquarters in central Algiers April 11, 2007. (REUTERS/Louafi Larbi)
The BBC reports on the destruction:
Violent attacks have been increasing in Algeria since the main Islamist rebel group, the Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat (GSPC), changed its name to the al-Qaeda Organisation in the Islamic Maghreb in January.
One of the bombs exploded near the prime minister’s office.
Victims of a suicide car bomb call for help after an explosion near the prime minister’s headquarters in central Algiers April 11, 2007. (REUTERS/Louafi Larbi)
Terrorist bombers killed at least 17 people today in the capital of Algeria.
The AP reported:
ALGIERS, Algeria – Bombs targeting the prime minister’s office and a police station killed at least 17 people and wounded dozens on Wednesday in Algeria, the country’s official news agency said.
Prime Minister Abdelaziz Belkhadem called the attack a “cowardly, criminal terrorist act.”
The APS news agency said the bombing of the government building killed at least nine people and injured 32, and that eight others were killed and 50 wounded in the attack on the police station of Bab Ezzouar, east of the capital, Algiers.
A charred, wrecked car lay on the pavement about 98 feet from the gates of the government building, which houses the offices of both Belkhadem and the interior minister.
The group, Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, suspected in the bombings, has recently declared its intention to attack Western targets, particularly in France. (Canada Now)
Firemen evacuate a victim of a suicide car bomb which exploded near the prime minister’s headquarters in central Algiers April 11, 2007. Bombs killed 17 people in Algiers on Wednesday, with one of them targeting the prime minister’s headquarters at the centre of the Algerian capital, the official APS news agency said. (REUTERS/Louafi Larbi)
The Jawa Report has links to video of the blast scene.