Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

EYE ON AFRICA

UGANDA: OPPOSITION LEADER IN COURT ON TREASON CHARGES

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Istanbul's Suffering in the Shadows?

Read more

THE DEBATE

Turkey targeted: Islamic State Group blamed for Istanbul attack (part 1)

Read more

THE DEBATE

Turkey targeted: Terror attack coincides with foreign policy pivot (part 2)

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

" We have a lot that we can do together to make Middle East a better place"

Read more

FOCUS

Will Bolivia see a lithium boom?

Read more

MIDDLE EAST MATTERS

Child refugees: Inside Turkey's hidden sweatshops

Read more

ENCORE!

Film show: 'The Red Turtle', 'Camping 3' and 'The Balkan Trilogy'

Read more

FACE-OFF

After Brexit, is a Frexit possible?

Read more

Africa

Al Qaeda claims responsibility for Algeria bombing

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2011-08-28

Al Qaeda's north African branch has claimed responsibility for Friday's double suicide attack on an Algerian military academy, in which 18 people were killed.

AFP - Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb said Sunday it had carried out a twin suicide attack on an Algerian military academy that killed 18 people.

A brief statement emailed to AFP in Morocco said AQIM "claims responsibility for the two martyr operations" on Friday which "targeted the heart of Algeria's Cherchell military institution", about 100 kilometres (60 miles) from the Algerian capital.

The authenticity of the statement, sent by a man identifying himself as "Salah Abou Mohamed, official in charge of information of the Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb organisation" could not immediately be ascertained.

The text said another statement on "jihadist sites" would be published at a later date.

The suicide bombing also wounded 26 people.

The bombers, one on a motorcycle, reportedly set off explosions a few seconds apart in front of the entrance to the academy's officers' mess hall, just as soldiers were assembled to break the Ramadan fast.

Ramadan is generally considered a good time for holy war, or jihad, by Islamist groups. Since the fast started in early August, there have been many attacks east of Algiers, especially in Kabylie, targeting the army and police.

Authorities in Algeria generally remain tight-lipped about such incidents, which have not ended despite a policy of national reconciliation adopted in the early 2000s by President Abdelaziz Bouteflika.

 

Date created : 2011-08-28

  • ALGERIA

    Deadly suicide attack hits army barracks

    Read more

  • MOROCCO - ALGERIA

    Border shootout leaves one Moroccan guard dead

    Read more

  • ALGERIA

    Journalist shot dead in Algerian militant stronghold

    Read more

COMMENT(S)