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2 Car Bombs Kill More Than 60 In Algeria


2 Car Bombs Kill More Than 60 In Algeria

Algerian hospital sources say two car bomb blasts in Algiers have killed more than 60 people and wounded many others.

The bombs went off minutes apart Tuesday, one outside an office of the U.N. refugee agency and the other near Algeria's constitutional court.

U.N. officials say 10 U.N. staff members were killed in the attack near the office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees.

Officials say the blast outside the constitutional court struck a passing school bus, killing or wounding many students.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy and other European leaders condemned the bombings. The White House also condemned the attacks, calling them a case of "senseless violence."

There has been no immediate claim of responsibility.

Algerian militants linked to al-Qaida have carried out a series of attacks in the country this year, including suicide bombings that killed 33 people in Algiers in April.

Algerian Islamists rose up against the government in 1992 when it scrapped elections that an Islamic party was poised to win.

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