21 Aug 2008

Car bombs kill 11 in Algeria

4:36 pm on 21 August 2008

Two car bombs in Algeria have killed at least 11 people, a day after an attack left 43 dead at a military academy.

Witnesses say the twin blasts, in Bouira south east of the capital Algiers, went off in quick succession.

State radio said Wednesday's bombings targeted the local military commander and Canadians working for a water project.

The official APS news agency said first bomb hit the barracks at 6am local time on Wednesday and another went off near a hotel 15 minutes later, as a bus passed by carrying workers to a dam construction site. All the dead were civilians on the bus.

In recent months, Algeria has suffered regular attacks blamed on Islamist groups linked to al-Qaeda.