Al-Qaida claims it killed 130 in Algeria

Al-Qaida's North African branch claimed to have killed at least 130 people in Algeria in a spate of attacks this month — nearly twice the official death toll — in a statement carried on a Web site frequently used by militants.

The group described the attacks targeting a police academy, a military barracks and a Canadian engineering company last week as its retaliation against security forces for their recent crackdown on militants.

The statement could not be verified independently, but also was quoted by the U.S.-based SITE group, which monitors extremist messages. In addition, it was similar to a statement issued by an al-Qaida spokesman on the Arab TV station Al-Jazeera. Official tallies show that up to 60 people were killed in the attacks carried out in less than 24 hours last week.

CHINA

Photos back account of attack on officers

The Associated Press has released photos of an attack that took place early this month against Chinese security forces in the remote Silk Road oasis town of Kashgar. Chinese officials have said that the assault killed 16 paramilitary officers and wounded 16 others, making it the deadliest attack on Chinese security forces in recent years. According to Chinese officials in Kashgar, the attack occurred Aug. 4 when two Uighur men rammed a truck into a group of 70 paramilitary officers jogging near their compound, then attacked the officers with homemade explosives and knives. The Uighur men were arrested and later confessed, the officials said. Some critics have said that the Chinese government may have fabricated its accounts of the attack to justify a crackdown in parts of Xinjiang, a western autonomous region populated by the Muslim Turkic Uighurs.

Elsewhere

Myanmar: U.N. special envoy Ibrahim Gambari failed to meet detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi before he left Myanmar on Saturday, an apparent setback in his bid to promote democratic reforms in the country, also known as Burma.

MEXICO: Tropical Storm Julio formed off Mexico's Pacific coast on Saturday and was headed toward Baja California Peninsula. The storm was forecast to brush the west coast of the peninsula near Cabo San Lazaro on Monday morning, and make landfall Tuesday farther north near Punto Abreojos.

ITALY: Italian police said a gang of men badly beat a Dutch couple and raped the woman while they camped in an isolated field outside Rome during a cycling tour of Europe. The married couple, both in their 50s, are being treated for shock and multiple fractures at Rome's San Camillo hospital. The attackers also stole about $2,200.

Times wires

Al-Qaida claims it killed 130 in Algeria 08/23/08 [Last modified: Monday, November 7, 2011 4:39pm]

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