A bomb blast in the northern Algerian city of Constantine has killed a policeman and injured five other people. The bomber was apparently targeting a busy market but was spotted by police. He then fled but not before leaving behind two explosive devices, one of which exploded.
No group has yet claimed responsibility for the blast which took place on the eve of parliamentary elections. Algeria’s Interior Minister called the attack an attempt to sabotage the democratic process. Voter turn-out was already expected to be low due to a disillusioned electorate.
One man told reporters: “I know it will just be the same old outcome. We’re fed up of those who don’t care about the people. I’m not going to vote as it will just be the same ones who come back with the same promises. There’s no point.” An ethnic Kabyle woman agreed, saying she already knew what the result would be and it wouldn’t change the humiliation of her people.
Although the Prime Minister and his party are tipped to be re-elected, many Algerians believe it will do little to relieve a stagnating economy, blighted by high unemployment and low incomes.