French workers escape Algeria bomb blasts

12th February 2004, Comments 0 comments

ALGIERS, Feb 12 (AFP) - Two French construction workers and their Algerian police escort escaped largely unscathed from a bomb attack in the Lakhadaria region southeast of Algeria's capital, an informed source said Thursday.

ALGIERS, Feb 12 (AFP) - Two French construction workers and their Algerian police escort escaped largely unscathed from a bomb attack in the Lakhadaria region southeast of Algeria's capital, an informed source said Thursday.

In an attack blamed on Islamic extremists, two explosive charges were detonated from a distance in an attack on a road convoy late Wednesday afternoon in a wooded mountain area 70 kilometres (45 miles) from Algiers.

One of the Algerian gendarmes was slightly injured in the blasts, which damaged the targetted vehicles in the convoy, the source told AFP.

The French nationals, who were not named, are workers at a dam building site in a part of the Atlas moutains frequented by armed guerrillas of the Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat (GSPC).

The GSPC, led by Hassan Hattab and linked  according to Washington's list of "terrorist" organisations  to Al Qaeda, is one of two groups waging a low level civil war against the secular government.

Like the Armed Islamic Group, it has rejected a national reconciliation policy implemented by President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to end 12 years of insurgency which have claimed more than 100,000 lives.

© AFP

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