Thousands of Algerians gathered at peace rallies across the country to condemn two separate suicide attacks in which dozens were killed and injured. Prime Minister Abdelaziz Belkhadem took part in the largest gathering in the capital, Algiers, organised by the country’s biggest trade union.
“Terrorism must not succeed in any way at all. We must finish with terrorism – it brings misfortune, bloodshed and economic hardship.” said union leader Sidi Said.
Al Qaeda’s North African wing has claimed responsibility for the attacks, which the government sees as an attempt to wreck efforts to end 15 years of political violence.
“Thirteen years ago my son was killed in a terrorist attack. I am here to protest against terrorism and to support my President.”, said one woman protester.
Saturday’s suicide truck bombing destroyed a barracks in the port of Dellys. Less than 48 hours earlier, a bomber struck in the town of Batna as a crowd waited to greet President Abdelaziz Bouteflika.