- - Sunday, August 28, 2011


Al Qaeda claims attack on military academy

ALGIERS — Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb took responsibility Sunday for the attack on a military academy in Algeria that killed at least 18 people, including 16 officers in training.

Al Qaeda’s North African wing said in a statement posted online that two suicide bombers carried out Friday’s attack on the Cherchell military academy, 110 miles west of the capital, Algiers.

The defense ministry said the attack killed 16 officers and two civilians, and wounded 26 others. The terrorists said they killed 36 officers and wounded 35.

The group called the attack “the Eid gift for the Algerian families of the martyrs and the prisoners.” Friday was the 27th day of the holy month of Ramadan, a sacred day in the Muslim calendar when the devout say that their prayers go directly to God.

The three-day holiday Eid al-Fitr marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan this week.


Karachi faces tension after resignation

ISLAMABAD — A ruling party minister in Pakistan’s violence-plagued city of Karachi resigned Sunday, charging that the city’s largest political party was behind the bloodshed, allegations that could spark more trouble.

Holding a copy of the Muslim holy book, the Koran, Zulfiqar Mirza accused the powerful Muttahida Qaumi Movement of being responsible for kidnapping, extortion and violence that have killed more than 400 people since July. He also accused the party of killing journalist Wali Khan Babar earlier this year.

“I am saying it openly that they killed him,” he said at a news conference televised live across the country.

Muttahida officials were not available for comment about the unusually blunt accusations.

Muttahida and other political parties, including the one that Mr. Mirza represented, have denied any links to the violence.


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