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Bombs target Algeria prime minister’s office

KHALIFA DENOUNCES TERRORIST ACT AIMED AT UNDERMININ­G STABILITY

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Bombs exploded outside the Algerian prime minister’s office and a police station yesterday, coordinate­d terror attacks that Algerian authoritie­s said killed at least 23 people and wounded more than 160.

President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan called Algerian President Abdul Aziz Bouteflika and strongly condemned the bombings. “The UAE denounces this criminal terrorist act which targets stability, terrorises people and blocks progress and developmen­t,” Shaikh Khalifa said. He condoled the families of the victims and reiterated the UAE’s solidarity with Algeria.

Al Qaida claims attacks

The Al Qaida Organisati­on in the Islamic Maghreb claimed responsibi­lity for the bombings in a web statement, which also included a claim of responsibi­lity for attacks in Morocco.

Algerian Prime Minister Abdul Aziz Belkhadem — who was not hurt and was not in the building when the attack occurred — called the bombings a “cowardly, criminal terrorist act” as he spoke to reporters outside his wrecked offices.

The APS agency reported the bombing of the government building killed at least 12 people and injured 118. It said 11 others were killed and 44 wounded in the attack on the police station of Bab Ezzouar, east of the capital Algiers.

A Reuters report put the death toll at 30

A victim is given assistance by a passerby following the suicide bomb attack on the main government offices in Algiers.

 ?? Reuters ?? Firemen rescue a victim of a car bomb which exploded outside the Algerian prime minister’s office yesterday. Authoritie­s said two coordinate­d attacks killed more than 23 people, but some media reports put the toll higher.
Reuters Firemen rescue a victim of a car bomb which exploded outside the Algerian prime minister’s office yesterday. Authoritie­s said two coordinate­d attacks killed more than 23 people, but some media reports put the toll higher.

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