France condemns 'barbaric' Algerian attack

7th September 2007, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Sept 6, 2007 (AFP) - French President Nicolas Sarkozy condemned Thursday the "barbaric and senseless violence" in Algeria, after a suicide bombing there killed 15 people and injured dozens.

PARIS, Sept 6, 2007 (AFP) - French President Nicolas Sarkozy condemned Thursday the "barbaric and senseless violence" in Algeria, after a suicide bombing there killed 15 people and injured dozens.

"After the attack that has once again struck your country... I condemn without hesitation the barbaric and senseless violence that the Algerian people continue to suffer," he said in a letter to President Abdelaziz Bouteflika.

He assured the president -- who was the target of the attack in the former French colony, but who was unharmed -- of the "full solidarity of France and my unswerving support in your fight against terrorism".

Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner had earlier expressed his "horror and indignation" at the "barbaric" bombing and offered his condolences to the families of the victims.

The attacker was part of a crowd awaiting a visit by the president to the eastern town of Batna. Witnesses quoted by national television said the bomb was hidden in a plastic bag.

The attacker was discovered by the crowd and set off the bomb before the president arrived, the report said.

Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero also issued a statement making clear his "strongest condemnation of this act of barbarism" and offering the sympathy and affection of the government and people of Spain.

In April, two car bomb attacks near the presidential palace in Algiers and against a police station in the capital killed 33 people and injured more than 220.

And in July, 10 soldiers were killed and 35 people wounded when a suicide bomber rammed a truck packed with explosives into barracks at Lakhdaria, 100 kilometres (60 miles) east of Algiers.

AFP

Subject: French news

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