Algerians have gathered to protest against violence after two suicide attacks killed at least 57 people. Thousands took part in demonstrations held in a number of cities, including Algiers. It comes after al Qaeda’s North Africa wing claimed responsibility for the bombings in an internet statement.
The country’s main trade union had urged a massive turnout at the rallies to send the message to terrorists: “Don’t touch my Algeria.”
Saturday’s suicide truck bombing destroyed a coastguard barracks in the port of Dellys. Less than 48 hours earlier, a suicide attacker struck in the town of Batna as a crowd waited to greet President Abdelaziz Bouteflika. The president later visited the scene of the carnage.
The internet statement, whose authenticity could not be verified, said the blasts were carried out “in defence of Islam and the Islamic nation.”