A suicide car bomb attack on security forces killed eight civilians and injured 19 at Zemmouri, Boumerdes province, 30 miles east of Algiers, Aug. 9. The checkpoint blast outside a barracks targeted troops of the Coast Guard and National Gendarmerie. Interior Minister Noureddine Yazid Zerhouni said the attack appeared to have been in retaliation for an army ambush that killed 12 rebels late last week. The ambush was said to be part of the army’s pursuit of rebels behind a car bombing in Tizi Ouzou on Aug. 3 that wounded 25 people. (Reuters, Algeria Watch, Aug. 11) Three Gendarmes were also injured when a remote-controlled bomb targeted a patrol near Tassalast beach in Tizi Ouzou province Aug. 9. Two other bombs were dismantled by security services on Aug. 10 in the area of Tigzirt in Tizi Ouzou. (Magharebia, Aug. 12)
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