Several people have been killed in a car bomb attack on a police station in Algeria. There are conflicting reports on the exact number of casualities – some local media say two people have died, others say the figure is more than 10. Numerous others have been injured.
There are also unconfirmed reports that the blast in the town of Thenia was carried out by a female suicide bomber. This would be a first in Algeria.
In December, at least 41 people, including 17 UN staff, were killed in a twin bombing in the capital.
Al Qaeda’s north African wing claimed responsibility for that attack, as well as an explosion that killed four policemen earlier this month.
It is reported that on Monday police shot and killed a suspected senior member of the rebel group that planned the December 11 bombing.
Algerian Islamist militants are said to have aligned themselves with Al Qaeda last year.