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Al Qaeda Suicide Bombings Kills 30 – In Algiers!

From the terrorist enablers at Reuters:

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Rescue services and investigators inspect the scene of a suicide car bomb near the prime minister’s headquarters in central Algiers April 11, 2007.

Al Qaeda claims deadly Algiers bombings, 30 die

By William Maclean and Lamine Chikhi

Bombs killed 30 people in Algeria’s capital on Wednesday, 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 center 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.

Newspaper editor Mounir Boudjema said the prime minister’s office was hit because it was Algeria’s “World Trade Center” — a prestige target such as the New York buildings hit in 2001.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon strongly condemned what he called the deplorable “terrorist” bombings in Algeria.

Hospital sources put the toll from the two bombings at 30. APS put the toll at 24 dead with 222 wounded…

Algerians said it was the country’s first suicide bombing.

Prime Minister Abdelaziz Belkhadem, who has been campaigning for May 17 parliamentary elections, was quoted by APS as calling the attack a “criminal and cowardly act.”

Speaking to state television Belkhadem, who was not harmed, also called the blast as a terrorist attack.

Crowds of men and women ran screaming and shouting from the scene in the minutes after the downtown blast, with residents saying they feared attackers were planning a second bomb there.

Medics carried the bloodied and burned victims in their arms and on stretchers from the government palace.

“This is a disaster,” said lawyer Tahar bin Taleb, 41. “This is international terrorism. It signals great danger ahead for southern Europe and north Africa.”

One Algerian analyst, Anis Rahmani, said the blasts appeared to be a reply to stepped-up attacks by the army on Islamist insurgents in the Bejaia region in mountains east of Algiers.

Boudjema, who edits the daily Liberte, said: “Since they joined al Qaeda the rebels are clearly opting for symbolic and noisy targets such as the government palace, which is in a way our World Trade Center.”

French President Jacques Chirac, whose country ruled Algeria before independence in 1962, said the blasts were “terrible.” Benita Ferrero-Waldner, European Commissioner for External Relations, described the blasts as barbaric.

That Mr. Chirac sure laid it on the line.

That will surely prevent any further terrorist attacks.

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