Algeria: AQIM claims growing attacks on security forces

Eighteen people—including two civilians—were killed, and some 35 injured, when two suicide bombers struck military barracks in the Algerian town of Cherchel, some 100 kilometers west of the capital, Aug. 26. The attack came soon after iftar—the moment when Muslims break their daily fast during the holy month of Ramadan. It was the third such attack in recent weeks. On July 16, militants used the same technique—a suicide blast at the front gate, followed by a second charging in on a motorcycle—claimed four lives, including one civilian, at a police station in Bordj MĂ©naĂŻl, Boumerdes province, in the Kabylia region. Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) claimed responsibility. On Aug. 14, a suicide car bomb attack outside of a police station left 29 wounded, including 11 police, in Tizi-Ouzou, Kabylia’s regional capital. Prior to this summer, Algeria’s last suicide attack was on July 25, 2010, at a police barracks in a village near Tizi Ouzou. (Ennahar Aug. 27, Reuters, Long War Journal, Aug. 26)

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