- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 3, 2007


11 detained in bomb attack

ALGIERS — An Algerian prosecutor has detained 11 persons suspected of involvement in a suicide bomb attack against President Abdelaziz Bouteflika last month that killed 22 persons, a legal source said Tuesday.

The Sept. 6 attack in the northeastern city of Batna, just before Mr. Bouteflika’s convoy was to pass through the area, was claimed by al Qaeda’s Maghreb offshoot.

Six of the 11 persons jailed on Monday are ages 17 to 26 and were preparing to go underground with the al Qaeda group, said the source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.


Visa requirement reimposed for Iraqis

DAMASCUS — Syria has reimposed a visa requirement for Iraqis in a bid to stem the tide of refugees fleeing war in the Arab neighboring state, a Syrian official said yesterday.

Damascus initially announced that the visa requirement would be enforced from Sept. 10, but temporarily dropped the restriction as a goodwill gesture to allow Iraqi families to meet during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

At the time, Syria, which is hosting more than 1.5 million Iraqis, said the restriction would be reapplied at the end of Ramadan, about Oct. 12.


1 killed, 4 hurt in Izmir blasts

ANKARA — Two explosions yesterday in the western Turkish city of Izmir killed one person and injured four others, press reports said.

One person was killed and two wounded in the second blast, in the Sirinyer neighborhood of the Aegean port, the NTV news channel and Anatolia news agency reported.

The explosion went off outside a carpet shop, which caught fire in the blast, Anatolia said. Hours earlier, a bag exploded outside a shopping mall in the same area, injuring two street cleaners.

Separatist Kurdish militants have carried out bomb attacks in Izmir in recent years.


$10 million given to Iraqi refugees

GENEVA — The president of the United Arab Emirates, Sheik Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahayan, has donated $10 million to the United Nations to help Iraqi refugees in Syria, the U.N. refugee agency said yesterday.

Jennifer Pagonis, spokeswoman for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, said 60,000 Iraqis continue to flee their homes every month, with 2.2 million people now uprooted within Iraq and 2.2 million in neighboring countries.

An estimated 19,800 Iraqis applied for asylum in North America, Europe and Australia in the first six months of the year.


Official questions intifada images

JERUSALEM — A senior Israeli official revived a controversy yesterday by charging that famed television footage of a Palestinian child reputedly killed by Israeli fire at the outbreak of the intifada in 2000 was staged.

In the images broadcast by France 2 public television in September 2000, Mohammed al-Dura and his father are seen crouching in fear on a Gaza street, caught in the crossfire between Palestinians and the Israeli army.

The images then show Mohammed, 12, lying dead on the ground, with France 2 correspondent Charles Enderlin saying he was killed by Israeli fire. The army initially accepted responsibility for the incident.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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