ALGIERS - Al-Qaida's North Africa wing has claimed responsibility for a suicide attack on a military academy in Algeria, accusing it of supporting the regime of Libya's Muammar Gaddafi.
A statement by al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) named Abu Anas and Abu Noh as the two suicide bombers who hit the barracks housing a prestigious military school in the coastal town of Cherchell on Friday in one of the deadliest attacks in the country in recent years.
Algeria's Defense Ministry said 16 soldiers and two civilians were killed in the attack. AQIM's statement, posted on an Islamist website which regularly carries al-Qaida communiques, said 36 people were killed.
"On the night of the 27th of this holy month, and while the Muslim Libyan people were completing their victory over the dictator Gaddafi ... the mujahideen in Algeria pursued their blessed attacks against the Algerian criminal regime, an ally to Gaddafi," the statement, posted on Sunday, said.