ISIS claims attack against Algerian Army base

A soldier on guard was killed while stopping the vehicle from entering the base, the Defence Ministry said.
Wednesday 12/02/2020
Location of Sunday's suicide attack against an army base in Bordj Badji Mokhtar in Algeria, claimed by the Islamic State (EI) group on Tuesday. (AFP)
Location of Sunday's suicide attack against an army base in Bordj Badji Mokhtar in Algeria, claimed by the Islamic State (EI) group on Tuesday. (AFP)

ALGIERS - The Islamic State claimed responsibility for a suicide car bomb attack against the Algerian Army that killed a soldier.

The Algerian Defence Ministry said a suicide attacker set off explosives in his vehicle February 9 while trying to penetrate a base in the Timiaouine area, near the border with Mali, more than 1,700km south of Algiers.

A statement published on ISIS Telegram online messenger channels stated that a "martyrdom-seeking brother" detonated a car bomb at the base, "killing and wounding dozens, destroying multiple vehicles and causing material damage to the base."

A soldier on guard was killed while stopping the vehicle from entering the base, the Defence Ministry said.

The attack came as Algeria is seeking involvement in attempts to resolve regional crises in Libya and the Sahel, a region that jihadist groups have been targeting with increasingly audacious attacks.

The Islamic State also claimed a suicide attack against Algerian forces in August 2017. Two policemen were killed when a bomber detonated an explosive vest while trying to enter a police station in Tiaret, 250km south-west of Algiers.

(Agence France-Presse)