Gulf & Middle East
17 dead in Algiers bombings
Apr 11, 2007 - 6:42:43 PM

Algiers, April 11 - At least 17 people died and 82 were injured as two explosions rocked the Algerian capital and one of its suburbs Wednesday, the Algerian Civil Defence Protection said.

One of the blasts was caused by a car bomb in front of the main government offices where, witnesses said, a suicide bomber managed to break through a police barrier. That attack killed at least nine and injured 32.

According to the APS news agency, the bomb targeted the offices of Algerian Prime Minister Abdelaziz Belkhadem. The explosion is said to have sent hundreds of people running in panic through the streets of downtown Algiers and scattered broken glass and other debris for hundreds of metres.

Another bomb targeted a police station in the eastern suburb of Bab al-Suwar and killed at least eight people and injured and another 50.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the bombings. However, the radical Islamic group formerly known as the Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat - has recently become a member of the Al Qaeda terrorist network.

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