Friday, September 07, 2007

Bad news out of Algeria

A new terrorist attack in Algeria made for troubling news here in Tunisa. The Algerians are trying hard to move away from decades of war and terroism.

From Reuters:

ALGIERS, Sept 7 - A suicide bombing in Algeria that killed 19 people marked two worrying developments for the energy exporting country's bid to end attacks by armed groups seeking a purist Islamic state.
The blast was the first time a suicide attacker in Algeria has detonated a bomb strapped to his body, rather than using a car bomb, Algerians say.
The attack was also the first apparently timed to coincide with a visit by President Abdelaziz Bouteflika.
The bomber blew himself up in a crowd waiting to greet Bouteflika in the town of Batna 430 km (270 miles) southeast of the capital Algiers shortly before the president arrived.
At the very least the timing of the blast suggests the town was selected for attack for maximum publicity. At worst, it may have been an assassination attempt, analysts say.
"I am not surprised by the attack. But what surprises me is that al Qaeda is using a human bomb for the first time (in Algeria)," said Liess Boukra, a top Algerian security expert.
"This is a real concern. Facing human bomb attacks is not easy to counter."

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