Wednesday, 13 October 2010
Bomb in Tlidjen kills five
Five people have been killed by a remote-control bomb on a construction site in a town near Algeria's eastern border with Tunisia. The bomb exploded while public works officials were inspecting the site in Tlidjen. Those killed were three local public works officials and two entrepreneurs.
There has been no immediate claim of responsibility, but attacks of this nature are often carried out by Al-Qa'ida in the Islamic North Africa, a local Islamic militant group that joined Osama bin Laden's terrorist network in 2006.
Algerian authorities believe that the perpetrators of the attack had prior knowledge of the inspection. National security forces and civil servants are often faced with attacks from the country's Islamists militants. Earlier this month, suspected militants bombed a vehicle carrying Algerian troops, killing five and injuring 10.
The presence of the Al-Qa'ida in the Islamic North Africa became stronger after Algerian army concealed the first-ever multiparty elections, in 1992, thereby thwarting a victory by the fundamentalist Islamic Salvation Front (FIS).
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