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2007 Batna bombings
Algeria-Batna.png
Batna province
Location Batna, Algeria
Date6 September 2007
Target Abdelaziz Bouteflika
Attack type
suicide bombings
Deaths15—22
Non-fatal injuries
70—107
Perpetrators al-Qaeda Organization in the Islamic Maghreb

The 2007 Batna bombing took place on 6 September 2007 in Batna, a town in Batna Province, eastern Algeria.

The bombing, which took place shortly before the visit of Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, resulted in approximately 15-20 [1] [2] [3] deaths and 107 [4] injuries as the bomber detonated his device among a crowd waiting to see the President, [2] who was at the end of a three-day tour of eastern Algeria. [5]

The bombing

The suicide bomber was among the crowd awaiting outside the Al-Atik mosque [3] the arrival of President Bouteflika when his device, a "plastic bag containing the explosive" [1] and his "agitated" manner [6] was noticed 45 minutes prior to the Presidents arrival. [3] This forced the bomber, a "man aged 30 to 35" [3] to detonate his device prematurely as police approached him. [1] [7] However it is unknown whether the bomber himself escaped the blast, [1] [3] however interior minister Noureddine Yazid was quoted by the Algerian news agency APS as stating that the bomber had escaped through a security cordon. [3]

Aftermath and reactions

On 8 September, the Algerian Islamic Salvation Front was reported to have condemned the attacks, [5] joining President Bouteflika in calling the perpetrators "criminals". [2] While there was no immediate claim of responsibility, the Algerian president cited Islamic militants as the perpetrators. APS also quoted the President as stating that "Terrorist acts have absolutely nothing in common with the noble values of Islam", he also visited the surviving wounded at nearby hospitals. [4] On 9 September 2007 Al Qaeda's north Africa wing stated that it was responsible for the attack, as well as a previous bombing 48 hours earlier. [7] On a website, Al Qaeda stated "We reiterate that the majority of those killed in this operation were from the police and security forces ... and that our brother did not target innocent people as reported by the media," of both attacks, the group said they were carried out "in defense of Islam and the Islamic nation." [8]

The governments of both Algeria and the United States warned citizens to avoid overland travel between Algerian cities, and for foreign tourists to remain in secure hotels. [6]

Notes

  1. ^ a b c d "Suicide Bombing In Algeria Kills 15" Archived April 24, 2009, at the Wayback Machine. AHN News retrieved 10 September 2007
  2. ^ a b c "Suicide Bombing Kills 15 in Algeria" Archived September 9, 2007, at the Wayback Machine. VOA News retrieved 10 September 2007
  3. ^ a b c d e f "16 killed in Algeria bombing attack"[ permanent dead link] Excite News retrieved 10 September 2007
  4. ^ a b "Suicide bomb kills 20 in Algeria" BBC News retrieved 10 September 2007
  5. ^ a b "Many dead in Algeria suicide attack" Al Jazeera retrieved 10 September 2007
  6. ^ a b "Eastern Algeria September 6 Attack"[ permanent dead link] Overseas Security and Advisory Council retrieved 10 September 2007
  7. ^ a b "Suicide Bombing Kills 14 in an Algerian Town" The New York Times retrieved 10 September 2007
  8. ^ "Al Qaeda claims Algeria attacks in Web statement" Reuters retrieved 10 September 2007


2007 BATNA BOMBING Latitude and Longitude:

35°33′04″N 6°10′38″E / 35.55111°N 6.17722°E / 35.55111; 6.17722