Al Qaeda Claims Algeria Bombings

North African branch releases audio tape taking credit
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Aug 22, 2008 9:50 AM CDT
A mechanical shovel removes the debris after an Aug. 9 bombing near a police station in Algeria.   (AP Photo/Ouahab Hebbat)
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(Newser) – The North African branch of al-Qaeda has claimed it was behind a pair of car bombs in Algeria that killed 12 this week, al-Jazeera reports. Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb issued an audio recording of an official announcing responsibility for the attacks. The bombings were the latest in a series of attacks by the group, including a car bomb Tuesday that killed 48, Reuters reports. The attacks were retaliation for security forces' crackdown on militants, the tape said. (Read more al-Qaeda Islamic Maghreb stories.)