Timeline: Algeria violence

Chronology of armed attacks and bombings in North African country in recent years.

    Many of the attacks have targeted the
    capital Algiers and its suburbs [AFP]

    June 13, 2004 - The Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat (GSPC), Algeria's leading armed Muslim group which has ties to al-Qaeda, declares war on foreign people and companies.

    December 10, 2006 - A bus carrying foreign oil workers is bombed 10km west of Algiers, killing the Algerian driver and a Lebanese worker. Nine others are wounded.

    January 3, 2007 - A total of 14 armed men are killed in clashes with security forces in and around Tunis on December 23 and January 3, rare serious breaches of security in a normally placid country.

    February 13, 2007 - Seven bombs go off almost simultaneously in Algeria, killing six people east of the capital Algiers in an elaborate assault by suspected Muslim fighters.

    March 4, 2007 - Three Algerians and a Russian are killed in a roadside attack southwest of Algiers on a bus carrying workers for a Russian gas pipeline construction company.

    March 11, 2007 - A Moroccan blows himself up in a Casablanca internet cafe, killing himself and wounding four people after a tussle with the owner of the cafe.

    April 10, 2007 - Three suicide bombers detonate their explosive belts, killing themselves and at least one police officer and wounding more than 20 people in a police raid on a safe house in Casablanca, during which a fourth man is shot dead.

    April 11, 2007 - Bombs kill 33 people in Algiers in attacks claimed by al-Qaeda.

    July 11, 2007 - A suicide bomber detonates an explosives-laden vehicle near a military barracks, killing himself and about eight other people in the restive Kabylie region east of Algiers. Al-Qaeda's north Africa wing claims responsibility.

    September 6, 2007 - A suicide bomb attack before a scheduled visit by President Abdelaziz Bouteflika kills 20 people and wounds 107 in Batna, 430km southeast of Algiers.

    September 8, 2007 - A car bomb kills 37 people at a coast guard barracks in the port of Dellys, 100km east of Algiers. Al-Qaeda's North Africa wing later claims responsibility for the attacks in Batna and Dellys.

    October 7, 2007 - Hareg Zoheir, also known as Sofiane Abu Fasila, said to be second-in-command of al-Qaeda's North African wing and suspected of planning most of the recent suicide bombings in Algeria, is killed.

    December 11, 2007 - Two blasts kill 20 people in Algiers; one kills 15 people near the Constitutional Court building and the other kills five near the UN offices and a police station in the smart Hydra district.

    January 2, 2008 - Three people killed and at least 20 injured as a suicide bomber strikes a police station in the town of Naciria east of Algiers.

    March 11, 2008 - Six soldiers killed in an ambush in Medea province, 90km southwest of Algiers.

    June 6,  2008 - Six soldiers killed and four wounded in bomb attack in Cap Djinet, about 80km east of Algiers.

    June 8, 2008 - At least 13 people killed in bomb blasts at a train station in Lakhdaria, east of Algiers.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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