Flag used by Al-Qaeda and the Taliban
The Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat (GSPC), the North African branch of Al-Qaeda, has claimed credit for a roadside bomb attack that killed a Russian engineer last Saturday.
"Mujahedeen (Islamic warriors) using a high intensity bomb targeted the convoy of Russian infidels working for the Russian company Stroytransgaz," according to the statement signed by the Al-Qaeda Organization in the Maghreb..."We dedicate this modest conquest to our Muslim brothers in Chechnya ... victims of the criminal (Russian President Vladimir) Putin."
Three Algerians who were in the same minibus with the foreigners also died in the bombing, and four Britons, a Canadian, and two Lebanese nationals were wounded. This is the first successful attack on foreign workers in Algeria since December.
While there has been a lot of talk lately about a new Cold War brewing between the U.S. and Russia, it is important to remember who is the real enemy of the civilized world - the international jihadist movement. In the last decade, Russian citizens have frequently been targeted by jihadists, but today Chechnya is more stable than it has been at any time since 1994. The successful counterinsurgency in Chechnya should give Americans hope that terrorists can be defeated, and that populations taken hostage by terrorism can eventually be turned against their captors.
Click on the extended post to read the full article from AFX/RigZone.
Map of oil and gas production fields in Algeria
Al-Qaeda Claims Deadly Attack on Russians in Algeria
AFX News Limited 3/5/2007
Al-Qaeda's branch in North Africa claimed responsibility for a attack on Russian gas workers in Algeria, in an internet message, saying it was to avenge Russia's actions in Chechnya.
"Mujahedeen (Islamic warriors) using a high intensity bomb targeted the convoy of Russian infidels working for the Russian company Stroytransgaz," according to the statement signed by the Al-Qaeda Organization in the Maghreb.
A Russian engineer and three Algerians were killed and five other people wounded in the bomb attack on their bus on Saturday at Hayoun, near Ain Defla in southern Algeria.
The Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat (GSPC) has, since last September, taken on the name of Osama bin Laden's terror network for North Africa.
"We dedicate this modest conquest to our Muslim brothers in Chechnya ... victims of the criminal (Russian President Vladimir) Putin," it said in the statement posted on an Islamist site often used by Al-Qaeda.
The bus was carrying employees of the Russian firm, who were laying gas mains between Ain Defla, in the region of Medea, and Tiaret, 340 kilometers southwest of the capital, the Algerian newspaper El-Khabar reported.
The attack was the second claimed by the GSPC in recent months against foreigners based in Algeria, long troubled by Islamic extremist violence.
Last December one person was killed and nine injured in an attack on a bus carrying staff of the Brown and Root Condor (BRC) company, a subsidiary of the Algerian Sonatrach oil company and of US construction firm Halliburton.
The Algerian driver died, and a US citizen, four Britons, a Canadian, two Lebanese and an Algerian were among the injured.
The GSPC, a small armed group formed by dissidents of the Islamic Armed Group, is the only remaining group from the radical movements that waged an insurgency against the secular Algerian state from 1992.