June 10, 2008 |
Algeria's Defense Ministry denied reports that a weekend bombing attack at a train station killed 13 people, saying that two people had died. A statement said a French citizen and his Algerian chauffeur were killed, as reported, in the double bombing at the Beni Amrane train station, about 60 miles southeast of Algiers. An Algerian security official, who spoke on condition of anonymity Sunday, said two blasts minutes apart had killed those two plus eight soldiers and three firefighters.
December 13, 2007 |
Algerian officials said Wednesday that the number of dead from a double bomb attack in Algiers had risen to 31, but that figure was disputed by a leading newspaper, which cited hospital sources as estimating that 72 people were killed. Rescue workers in the Algerian capital continued to search for survivors in heavily damaged offices of the United Nations, where 11 agency workers died in one of Tuesday's blasts.
December 12, 2007 |
Two bombs that killed at least 26 people, including 11 United Nations workers, in the Algerian capital on Tuesday were orchestrated by a resurgent Al Qaeda-linked group seeking to overthrow North African governments, Algerian authorities said. Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, one of the region's most proficient militant organizations, claimed responsibility for the nearly simultaneous attacks in Algiers -- one in front of the Constitutional Council and the second at a U.N. compound.
July 12, 2007 |
A suicide bomber Wednesday blew up a refrigerated truck loaded with explosives at a military encampment outside the capital, killing 10 soldiers and wounding 35, a security official said. Al Qaeda in the Maghreb claimed responsibility for the attack, which came as the Africa Games opened, Al Jazeera TV network reported.
December 11, 2006 |
Two vehicles carrying employees of a Halliburton affiliate were bombed and strafed near Algiers on Sunday. An Algerian driver died, and nine people were injured. The casualties were treated at a nearby hospital and all but one were released, the Interior Ministry said in a statement. The patients included an American, several Britons, a Canadian, a Lebanese and an Algerian, it said; it did not specify the nationality of the hospitalized patient.
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October 14, 2006 |
Italian filmmaker Gillo Pontecorvo, who directed the black-and-white classic "The Battle of Algiers," has died in Rome, hospital officials said Friday. He was 86. Pontecorvo died Thursday night, hospital spokesman Nicola Cerbino said. The cause of death was not given, but reports said he had suffered a heart attack months ago. Pontecorvo directed only a handful of feature movies in a career that spanned decades, earning the nickname of "lazy director."