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ALGERIA - BLASTS

Deadly attacks rock Algeria - again

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Just a day after a suicide bombing at an Algerian paramilitary training centre killed 43 people (photo), new blasts were reported in the eastern town of Bouira, leaving at least 11 people dead.

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 Eleven people people were killed and 31 wounded in two car bomb attacks Wednesday in the eastern Algerian town of Bouira, Algerian radio reported.

The early morning blasts came a day after a massive attack on a police academy claimed 43 lives.

One of the attacks targetted a passenger bus parked near the Sophie hotel, in the city centre. The second bomb went off near the military headquarters in Bouira, which is 120 kilometres (70 miles) southeast of the capital Algiers.

A security cordon was immediately thrown around the scene of the blasts, witnesses said.

The hotel's nightwatchman was in a "state of shock", the radio said, as he was at his post when a powerful explosion rocked the building, blowing out the windows.

The blasts could be heard in a radius of several hundred metres (yards), residents told AFP by telephone.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility. The radio did not say whether the blasts were the work of suicide bombers.

The attacks came only a day after a suicide bomber drove a car packed with explosives into the entrance of a police school killing 43 people and injuring 45 in Issers, 60 kilometres east of Algiers.

Many of the victims were university graduates waiting outside to take an entry exam in the hopes of joining the paramilitary police force.

Al-Qaeda has claimed previous attacks in Algeria and neighbouring Morocco but officials gave no indication who was behind Tuesday's strike in Issers.

It was the deadliest attack this year in Algeria and worse than the December 2007 attacks in Algiers against government and United Nations buildings, which killed 41 people and injured many others.

Those attacks were claimed by the Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat (GSPC), an Algeria-based group which last year declared allegiance to Al-Qaeda and renamed itself Al-Qaeda's Branch in the Islamic Maghreb.

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