Al-Qaeda claimed the last major attack. The timing of this attack to coincide with the end of the day’s fast would fit their flair for symbolism in slaughter. “Algeria suicide bomb attack hits military academy,” from BBC News, August 26:
A suicide bomb attack on a military academy in Algeria has killed 18 people, officials say.
The attack took place in the town of Cherchell, about 100km (60 miles) west of the capital Algiers.
One or two bombers set off their explosives just after the breaking of the Ramadan fast, reports said.
No group has said it carried out the attack. It comes 12 days after a suicide car bombing of a police station in Tizi Ouzu wounded 29 people.
That attack was claimed by the Islamist group Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), which is active in the region.
It was not clear how many of those killed in the latest attack were military. A hospital source told Reuters news agency 16 soldiers had been killed and two civilians.
Political violence has subsided since the 1990s when more than 150,000 were killed after the 1992 election, won by an Islamist party, was annulled.
But militant groups continue to carry out sporadic attacks.