Al-Qaida claims Algeria attacks

The North African branch of al-Qaida claimed responsibility Friday for a devastating pair of attacks in Algeria that killed at least 55 people, in a statement carried by Al-Jazeera. The group described the attacks on a police academy and a Canadian engineering firm as retaliation against security forces for their crackdown on militants. Al-Qaida spokesman Salah Abu Mohammed emphasized in his audio statement to Al-Jazeera that his group does not target civilians. There was no way to authenticate Friday's message but in the past terror groups have delivered responsibility claims via Al-Jazeera.