|The attack on Tuesday in Algiers was the
latest in a long line of bombings [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.