Renewed terrorism in Algeria
Sunday’s bombing in Tizi Ouzou underlines Algeria’s inability to effectively stamp out terrorism. Algerian security services have improved their counter-terrorism tactics since the 1990s but formation of the group Al Qaeda in the Maghreb in 2006 has reinvigorated terrorism across the country despite increased police raids and the stricter control of chemicals used in bomb making.
Just ten days ago, Algerian authorities promised to completely secure the city of Tizi Ouzou by 2009. But after Sunday’s suicide bombing these promises sound hollow. The attack targeted a police station in the city and 25 people were wounded in the blast.
Algeria has improved its counter-terrorism strategy since the 1990s but the security services are now dealing with a reinvigorated enemy. In 2006 the Algerian terrorist group GSPC pledged allegiance to Al Qaeda, to become Al Qaeda in the Maghreb.