Suicide Car Bomb Targets Algerian Police

By Salon Staff

Published March 3, 2012 1:27PM (EST)

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Algeria's state news agency says a suicide car bomber plowed into a group of gendarmes deep in the south of the country, resulting in "many" casualties.

The agency did not provide further details. Hospital officials told The Associated Press that at least 26 people were being treated at the Tamanrasset hospital, 1,200 miles (2000 kilometers) south of the capital. Eleven of the injured were civilians.

A local journalist contacted by the AP said there were at least five police officers dead.

All spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the attack.

Algeria has been battling a local branch of the militant al-Qaida network for decades, though there has never been an attack in this remote city deep in the Sahara.

Salon Staff

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