Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Algeria bombings: 6 killed, dozens injured.

After years of truce, a new wave of 7 coordinated bombings put our western neighbor in a bad spot. After recovering from years of islamist insurgency killing hundred of thousands, and after seeing its economy emerging, here we are again. Let's hope this is an isolated incident. This is really scary for the whole region, specially after what happened few weeks ago in TN.

An apparently co-ordinated wave of bombings largely targeting police killed six people and wounded nearly 30 others in Algeria on Tuesday, according to the official news agency, police and hospital staff.

While no one claimed responsibility for the attacks, they bore the hallmarks of the Salafist Group of Call and Combat, or GSPC, an al-Qaeda-linked insurgency group.

Less than a month ago, it announced it was changing its name to al-Qaeda in Islamic North Africa, raising the stakes in the region's fight against terrorism.

The attacks surprised the North African country, which has steadily emerged from an Islamic insurgency that killed more than 150,000 people in the 1990s.

While scattered violence by the GSPC continues, such carefully planned strikes are rare in today's Algeria, an ally in the U.S.-led war against terrorism.

The seven bombings tore through towns and countryside east of Algiers between 4 a.m. and 10 a.m. local time, the APS agency said.



Napo said...

Western Neighbour..

samsoum said...

:-) you're right, I am not from Morocco :-), but it is Neighbor here in the US and Neighbour in GB.