Al Qaeda says it carried out a bomb attack targeting foreigners in Algeria. It comes the day after Osama bin Laden’s second-in-command, Ayman al-Zawahri, urged North Africa’s Muslims to “cleanse” their lands of Spaniards and French. Two French citizens and one Italian were among nine people hurt close to Lakhdaria, east of Algiers, when a bomb exploded near a police convoy accompanying foreign workers.
Al Qaeda’s north African wing had already said it was behind suicide attacks that have killed more than 50 people in Algeria this month. A naval barracks was hit in the port of Dellys on September 8. Two days earlier, there was carnage in the town of Batna among people in a crowd waiting to greet President Abdelaziz Bouteflika. In today’s blast al Qaeda claims it killed three foreigners despite no reports of fatalities.