With threats of more to come. “Islamist group says it carried out Algeria attack,” by William Maclean for Reuters:
ALGIERS (Reuters) – A militant Islamist group linked to al Qaeda on Monday claimed responsibility for the weekend bombing of a bus carrying foreign oil workers near Algiers, and warned of further attacks.
The Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat (GSPC) claim came after the United States urged its citizens in Algeria to review their personal safety following Sunday’s attack, the first on Westerners in the North African country in many years.
“We reiterate our call to all Muslims in Algeria to keep away from the interests of the infidels to avoid harm … once (these interests or individuals) are targeted,” GSPC said in statement posted on the Internet.
The authenticity of the statement, posted on a Web site used by Islamist militant groups on Monday, could not be verified.
The attack in the upmarket Bouchaoui district, 10 km (six miles) west of Algiers, killed the Algerian driver and wounded nine people, including four Britons and an American. Many Algerians and foreigners were alarmed that militants had managed to infiltrate one of the country’s most secure areas.
GSPC, which has ties with al Qaeda, urged Muslims to stay away from Western interests in Algeria. In 2004, GSPC declared war on foreign people and companies.
“We bring tidings to the crusaders and apostates that they will face what they dislike,” it said in the statement.