The scene of a car bomb in
Algiers [Reuters]

Al-Qaeda lays claim to twin blasts that killed more than 30 people in Algeria.

One day earlier, in neighbouring Morocco, four would-be suicide bombers died while being chased by police.

Authorities deny the two blasts are linked. But it all comes on weeks of surging violence in North Africa.

Is al-Qaeda really widening its sphere of operations to that region? And if so, with what aim? Local targets or something more global?

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