Car bombing in southeast Algeria kills at least 8

July 11, 2007 15:34


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A suicide bombing killed at least eight people and wounded at least 20 near a military encampment southeast of the Algerian capital on Wednesday, residents said. A refrigerated truck packed with explosives blew up as it was passing a military tent on the edge of Lakhdaria, a town some 80 kilometers (48 miles) southeast of Algiers in the restive region of Kabylie, residents of the town told reporters. They did not want to give their names for security reasons. The explosion caused damage throughout the encampment and provoked widespread panic in a region that saw widespread violence during the 1990s, and where security remains tight. The bombing came the day of the opening of the Africa Games, one of the continent's biggest sporting events, which is taking place in Algiers and also in Blida and Boumerdes.

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