At least 28 people have been killed and many others injured after a car bomb exploded at a barracks housing coastguard officials in Algeria. The country’s official news agency quoted local officials who said the explosion occurred in the northern coastal town of Dellys. That’s about 50 kilometres from Algiers. The attack came just two days after another bombing killed at least 20 in a crowd of people in eastern Algeria who were waiting to see visiting President Abdelaziz Bouteflika.
Forbes – 3 hours ago
By HASSANE MEFTAHI 09.08.07, 2:39 PM ET A car bombing killed 28 coast guard officers in Algeria on Saturday, just days after a blast ripped through a crowd waiting for the president.
[…] Although there was no claim of responsibility in either attack, al-Qaida’s North African affiliate has carried out a spate of recent bombings that have shattered the Algerian government’s efforts – successful until recently – to restore calm after a 15-year Islamist insurgency.
The government has responded by intensifying military crackdowns on Islamic militants hiding out in remote scrubland. Interior Minister Noureddine Yazid Zerhouni warned terrorists Friday that they have “one choice: turn themselves in, or die.”
In Saturday’s blast, explosives planted in a van ripped through barracks in the northern coastal town of Dellys, about 30 miles from the capital, Algiers. The bombing appeared timed to kill as many officers as possible, when they were grouped together to raise the flag.
It was not immediately clear whether the bomber was killed in the blast or escaped.
The 28 victims were all coast guard officials, hospital authorities said, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media. About 20 others were injured.
According to abc.es, it has killed 30 and wounded 47.
Noisy Room.Net has more.
UN has condemned the attack. The terrorists must be trembling … 😦
For implications for Spanish national security, click here.
For other attacks on Maghreb by the same group, click here.
Related news about Algeria: 5 sentenced for preaching Christianity. “Five people were sentenced earlier in June for charges related preaching Christian doctrine and public order offences by virtue of the law on the religious practice in Algeria approved by the government in 2006. The sentences vary between one year sentence with no remission and one year suspended sentence with a 5000 AD fine.”
Pakistan’s airports have been placed on high alert, with officials saying the threat of a terror attack is imminent. The government has also banned gatherings of five or more people near Rawalpindi’s international airport. The moves come just days before exiled former prime minister Nawaz Sharif is expected to return to Pakistan to challenge President Pervez Musharraf in elections, despite a call from a Saudi official urging him to stay away.
About the German plot:
German media report that the three suspected Islamist militants accused of planning attacks against American targets in Germany had orders to act by September 15 and knew police were hot on their trail before their arrest. According to surveillance details published in Der Spiegel magazine, the men were given a two-week deadline for their planned strikes in a call from northern Pakistan that was monitored by German police in late August. The plan was foiled on Tuesday when police arrested two German converts to Islam and a Turkish national in the western German state of North Rhine-Westphalia. Prosecutors say the men had obtained material to make bombs with power equal to 550 kilograms of TNT.
This was “something new, and not in a good way,” said Col. Christopher Langdon of London’s International Institute for Strategic Studies . They “came from the white German population. They were very traditional German residents who converted and radicalized. These bombers were not Pakistani or Moroccan. That is raising eyebrows.”
Anti-terror forces had been concerned primarily with first or second generation Muslim immigrants – not white Europeans.
Guenther Beckstein , the interior minister in the German state of Bavaria and a conservative leader of the southern wing of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Party , has called for a new law authorizing online surveillance of Islamic converts.
“Germans converting to Islam should be watched because they tend to show particular fanaticism in order to prove worthy of their new religion,” he said Thursday.
The number is growing, according to the German Islam archive. In the last decade, only about 300 Germans each year converted to Islam. But in 2005, the number rose to 1,000, and it jumped to 4,000 in 2006.
Well, the fanatism in new converts is not new. Normally they were used to guard the non-converts, as they were much more cruel than the Muslims themselves. And for the same reason…
And Bin Laden has been searching for “blue-eyed terrorists” since the beginning: less police control, less suspicions arisen in the neighbourhood…
US intercept key in German terror plot
Police News – 22 hours ago
By Dirk Laabs, Sebastian Rotella and Josh Meyer BERLIN, Germany – A US intelligence intercept of suspicious communications between Pakistan and Stuttgart was the initial break that ultimately led to the arrest this week of three suspected Muslim accused of plotting massive car bomb attacks here against Americans, U.S. and German officials said Thursday.
The communications detected last year referred to apparent terrorist activity, the German and U.S. officials said in interviews. The German officials characterized the communications as specific and alarming. All the officials asked to remain anonymous because they were not authorized to discuss the case publicly.
American authorities passed the lead to German police, who conducted a painstaking investigation that led to the arrests of the three suspects, two of whom are German converts to Islam. Police here suspected that militants were communicating with Pakistan from an Internet cafe, a frequent strategy to avoid detection, but they did not know which one. So they deployed surveillance teams at several dozen Internet cafes around the city, officials said.
The stakeouts paid off when police spotted a 28-year-old convert who was already known as an associate of Islamic militants and has been identified as Fritz Gelowicz.
About 300 investigators worked round-the-clock for nine months to monitor the alleged plotters. Using sophisticated eavesdropping equipment of their own, the Germans watched and listened as the suspected cell coalesced and amassed a stash of bomb-making materials.
Oops, they were listened! For months! And they only had some hairdresser’s equipment to dye hairs! (perhaps bin Laden’s… ) .
Osama bin Laden’s latest message is a hodgepodge of anti-capitalist vitriol, impassioned Islamic evangelism and what can best be described as a twisted attempt at reconciliation: Join us, or we’ll kill you.
Analysts say the video that came out days before the sixth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks is more about timing than substance, an attempt by history’s most wanted fugitive to thumb his nose at the forces arrayed against him and remind the world that he hasn’t been caught.
He ridiculed President Bush on Iraq, saying events there have gotten “out of control” and comparing the American leader to “one who plows and sows the sea: He harvests nothing but failure.
infidels are Cool has the video with its complete transcription. Hmm, by the way, Mr. Bin Laden (looks like a Castro’s speech, soooooooooooooo boring), could you just name Al-Mansur’s razzias? Oh, yeah, the Inquisition was a very bad invention, BUT at least they had tribunals. Al-Mansur -to name one of the worst- killed people with no tribunals, Mr, and when it was a woman with a baby, he ordered that her breasts should be cut, so that if she survived, the boy was to be killed by hunger, under the attentive (and painful) look of his/her mother. So, just spare that tone of moral superiority. Spain knew what was like that kind of “we are morally superior, so pay jizya or die“. Although that was long enough and… a lot of people have forgotten…
There was another thing that is very interesting, Mr Bin “even-the-flies-get-sleepy-with-my-speech” Laden, and that you forgot to name it. Spain was, during most of the Islamic “ruling” considered as “apostate“, “heretic“… because it “independenced” itself from Damascus/Baghdad’s rule. So our Muslim brethren from Morocco came here twice (almoravids and almohads) to teach aborigines morals, peaceful way. You know, whether they were Muslims, Jews, Christians or just weren’t interested in religion, they were killed because they were not in the same line of thought.
It’s curious, Mr Bin “even-the-flies-get-sleepy-with-my-speech” Laden, almoravids and almohads are, ideologically speaking, your ancestors. They also had Mujahideen, they wanted to get the Earth into a Global Caliphate and so on. The only difference is that they did not have Internet, nor TVs, etc, so once they got here, they got tempted by wine, beach and the sunshine, and in one generation, they had totally became like the aborigines….
Yeah, I know, very disagreeable for you, isn’t it? You’re stuck in the XIth century while the rest have evolved.
And no, I don’t get at all impressed by your hairdresser’s work as I told you yesterday… 😈
By the way, it’s curious who was the man who told you about 9-11:
The idea of using suicide pilots to obliterate the skyscrapers of Manhattan originated in 1940s Berlin. “In the latter stages of the war, I never saw Hitler so beside himself as when, as if in a delirium, he was picturing to himself and to us the downfall of New York in towers of flame,” wrote Albert Speer in his diary. “He described the skyscrapers turning into huge burning torches and falling hither and thither, and the reflection of the disintegrating city in the dark sky.”
Not only Hitler’s fantasy but also his plan of action foreshadowed September 11: He envisioned having kamikaze pilots fly light aircraft packed with explosives and with no landing gear into Manhattan skyscrapers. The drawings for the Daimler-Benz Amerikabomber from the spring of 1944 show giant four-engine planes with raised undercarriages for transporting small bombers. The bombers would be released shortly before the planes reached the East Coast, after which the mother plane would return to Europe.
😯 Well, well, well… who could have guessed that Al-Qaeda was not even original? Just copying Hitler theories…
(+) An Osama’s cartoon:
Related news: Someone told me once, being mentioned here was like being on CNN. Well, I would never run this show…
Look who says is going to be very tough on Pakistan… You guessed it right, it is Mr. “I-use-a-SUV-but-citizens-cannot-to-protect-the-environment“… Bwahahahahaha! 😆
My goodness, what a foolish world we live in… 🙄