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Algiers Blast Prompts Car Bomb Theory

Algerian officials insisted on Tuesday it was unclear what caused a power plant blast one day after the death of a top militant linked to al Qaeda, but newspapers and security experts speculated it was a car bomb. Monday’s explosion at the Algiers plant injured 11 people and came just a day after oil-rich Algeria said its forces killed the head of the country’s main Islamic militant group with ties to al Qaeda. “The origin (of the blast) has not yet been determined,” state electricity group Sonelgaz said in a statement. An investigation was under way and anti-terrorist officials and technical police visited the scene to gather evidence. Some national newspapers said it bore the hallmarks of a car bomb, not seen in Algiers since the late 1990s at the height of an Islamic militant uprising. “Everything points to a car bomb, with the huge crater, burned-out cars, the direction of the blast and how the debris traveled,” said a security expert, who declined to be named. Full Story

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