THENIA, Algeria – A car bomb exploded Tuesday outside a police station in northern Algeria, killing at least two people and wounding several others, the Interior Ministry said. Witnesses and security officials put the death toll at least three.
The blast hit the city of Thenia, about 40 miles east of Algiers, early in the morning.
Officers opened fire on a vehicle that was speeding toward the local police station. The vehicle exploded short of the building, leaving a 6 1/2-foot-wide crater.
The force of the blast stopped a clock on nearby City Hall and damaged surrounding buildings.
The Interior Ministry said at least two were killed. Earlier, security officials had said the bombing killed at least three people and wounded several others.
The explosion was the latest in a wave of attacks signaling that Islamic fighters are regrouping in Algeria, where military crackdowns and amnesty offers had thinned the insurgents’ ranks in recent years.
But how many have regrouped after taking advantage of the amnesty offers?
No one immediately claimed responsibility for Tuesday’s attack.
An Algerian al-Qaida affiliate said it was behind a similar attack earlier this month in the town of Naciria, east of Algiers. Four people were killed when a vehicle rigged with explosives slammed into the police station there.