- Title: ALGERIA: Bombs kill 30 in Algeria
- Date: 12th April 2007
- Summary: FIRE CREWS, PEOPLE AT BLAST SITE
- Embargoed: 27th April 2007 13:00
- Location: Algeria
- Country: Algeria
- Topics: Crime / Law Enforcement
- Reuters ID: LVA5GVMKZ6ZFX0FVF3D6VUX36WRH
- Story Text: Bombs killed 30 people in Algeria's capital on Wednesday (April 11), attacks claimed by al Qaeda that raised fears the north African oil exporter was slipping back into the intense political violence of the 1990s.
One of the blasts, said by witnesses to be a suicide bomb, ripped part of the facade off the prime minister's headquarters in the centre of Algiers. A second bomb hit Bab Ezzouar on its eastern outskirts, the official APS news agency said.
The Al Qaeda Organisation in the Islamic Maghreb claimed responsibility for the Algiers bombing in an Internet statement and said 45 people had been killed.
The claim could not immediately be verified but the group, formerly known as the Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat (GSPC), has taken responsibility for a number of deadly attacks on security forces and foreigners in Algeria since January.
Hospital sources put the toll from the two bombings at 30. APS put the toll at 24 dead with 222 wounded.
Algeria descended into violence in 1992 after the then military-backed authorities scrapped a parliamentary election which an Islamist political party was set to win. Up to 200,000 people were killed in the ensuing bloodshed.
That violence subsided in recent years following amnesties for insurgents, but rumbles on in mountains east of Algiers.
Residents said Wednesday was the first time since the 1990s that a powerful bomb had hit the centre of the Mediterranean city, where police had stepped up security following a rise in attacks by insurgents in the countryside.
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