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Al Qaeda claims Thenia bombing

Latest update : 2008-01-30

Al Qaeda's North African branch issued a statement on Wednesday claiming responsibility for Tuesday's suicide bombing of an Algerian police station in the town of Thenia, which left four dead.

Al Qaeda's North African branch claimed responsibility on Wednesday for the suicide bombing of a police station in eastern Algeria that killed four people a day earlier.

"A lion's cub of Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, valiant martyr Hamza Abu Abderrahman, drove a vehicle laden with at least 650 kilograms (1,430 pounds) of explosives against the ramparts of the apostates: the judicial police station in Thenia," said a statement on a website routinely used by Al Qaeda.

The text, whose authenticity could not be verified, added that 80 members of the security forces had been inside the station at the time of the attack.

The attack in Thenia, 50 kilometres (30 miles) east of Algiers, also left 20 people wounded.

A series of attacks blamed on Al Qaeda's offshoot in North Africa has left hundreds dead over the past 12 months.

The attacks started last April when bombings of the government headquarters and an Algiers police station left 33 dead and more than 200 wounded.

All of the attacks have been claimed by Al Qaeda in the Maghreb, a group of Islamists who changed their name to Al Qaeda last year after swearing allegiance to Osama bin Laden.

Date created : 2008-01-30

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