Deadly blasts in nation’s capital hit prime minister’s office and a police station.
Benmoussa said the timing of the attacks was possibly coincidental.
PM denounces attack
Abdel Karim Dahmen, a member of the ruling party, referred to the blasts as “bombs of terror” and said they could be an attempt to destabilise the country before elections due next month.
|Algeria’s official news agency said
160 people were wounded [Reuters]
Omar Dalal, the editor of the Al Shaab newspaper, was near the scene when one blast happened at 11:30am local time and said it took place in the street parallel to the 17-storey building that houses the prime minister’s office and several ministries, including the interior ministry.
The main anti-government rebel group, the Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat has claimed responsibility for several attacks in recent months and has also declared itself to be a part of Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaeda organisation.
More than 100,000 Algerians died in a civil war between the government and Muslim fighters in the 1990s.