A suicide blast in front of a police college in Algeria claimed more than 40 lives today (19 August). Federal Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier issued the following statement in Brussels condemning the crime:
"I most strongly condemn today's bomb attack in Algeria, which claimed the lives of more than 40 people and left many more injured, some seriously. I would like to offer my sympathy to the families and friends of the deceased and wish the wounded a speedy recovery.
The spate of terrorist attacks of the past months, which have primarily targeted the Algerian security forces, represent a horrific and cowardly attempt to damage peace and reconciliation in Algeria. These show that terrorism is still a threat, and underscore the necessity of cooperating to counter it."
This morning's attack occurred outside a gendarmerie training college in Isser, roughly 55 km east of Algiers. The latest figures put the death toll at 43, with at least 38 people injured. Nobody has yet claimed responsibility for the attack.
Attacks against the Algerian security forces have been stepped up over the past weeks. Only two days ago, twelve people, including the local Commander of the security forces, died in a bombing in Jijel.