Bomb attacks in Algeria have killed at least 23 people and injured more than 160 others. One blast was outside the prime minister’s headquarters in the capital. Another targeted a police station on the outskirts of Algiers.
On an Islamist website, the “Al Qaeda Organisation in the Islamic Magreb” claimed responsibility, showing images of three people it said were suicide bombers who had carried out the attacks.
Denouncing what he called a “criminal and cowardly act,” Prime Minister Abdelaziz Belkhadem was unhurt.
Hospital sources said 30 people died in the near-simultaneous blasts. They have raised fears the north African country could be slipping back into the intense political violence of the 1990s.
While the Internet claim could not be immediately verified, it was made in the name of a group, formerly known as the “Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat”, that has taken responsibility for a number of deadly attacks on security forces and foreigners in Algeria since January.