Bomb Blasts in Algiers!… At Least 67 Are Dead!

Update: 67 are dead.
The United Nations Building was targeted.
At least 62 people are dead after two explosions ripped through the capital of Algeria today.
Ten UN staff, all Algerians, were among the dead.

The BBC has video from Algiers HERE.

The body of a bomb blast victim lies on the ground in Algiers December 11, 2007. Two bombs exploded in the Algerian capital on Tuesday, killing 20 people and wounding 43, a security source said. (REUTERS/Louafi Larbi)

Officials expect this to be the work of Al-Qaeda’s north Africa wing.
Reuters reported:

At least forty-seven people were killed when two bombs exploded in Algiers on Tuesday, a security source said, the second attack in eight months on the north African OPEC member country.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility but commentators said it appeared the work of al Qaeda’s north Africa wing, which claimed a similar bombing in downtown Algiers in April and other blasts east of the capital over the summer that have worried foreign investors.

People ran through the streets crying in panic after the first blast and the wail of police sirens filled the air.

“I was nearby when I heard a huge explosion. I am fed up with this situation,” student Mohamed Selnani told Reuters.

Telephone lines in the city of three million were jammed or not working, residents said.

The source said the final death toll could go as high as 60.

A suicide car bomber exploded outside the UN building.

Map locating the simultaneous attacks in Algiers. Two bomb attacks in the Algerian capital — one on the UN refugee agency office and one in front of the Supreme Court
killed at least 47 people. (AFP)

One of the blasts killed 30 people and the other killed at least 15. The UN is still conducting a head count to determine the fate of staff members- AP.


A damaged police car is seen at the site of a bomb blast at the Constitutional Court building in Algiers December 11, 2007. (Reuters)


Republican guards walk near the site of a bomb blast at the Constitutional Court building in Algiers December 11, 2007. Two bombs exploded in the Algerian capital on Tuesday, killing 20 people and wounding 43, a security source said.
(REUTERS/ Zohra Bensemra)

Bill Roggio has more on the radical Islamic group behind the attacks.

UPDATE 2: Al Qaeda claims responsibility.
Hat Tip BG

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