A terrorist bomb attack has killed one child and critically injured several others in the northern Algerian province of Bouira.
Provincial officials said the bomb — planted by terrorists suspected of having links to the al-Qaeda group — was detonated late on Saturday in the town of Ahnif in Bouira, about 126 kilometers east of the capital, Algiers.
The bomb killed a 12-year-old boy, and injured five others aged between 10 and 16 years. Four of them were transferred to a nearby hospital and are reportedly in critical condition.
The Algerian civil protection authorities said the victim died of severe bleeding after his right leg was amputated in the blast.
Following the incident, the Algerian gendarmerie announced the opening of an investigation, although the residents of the municipality confirmed in statements to local media that the region had been known since the 1990s for a large number of mines planted by terrorists.
The province of Bouira is part of the Kabylie region — one of the largest strongholds of the so-called Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat, known by the French acronym GSPC, which has killed hundreds of Algerians in and outside the region.
The GSPC is currently known as the so-called Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, or AQIM, aiming to overthrow the Algerian government.
The group has been designated a terrorist organization by the United Nations (UN), as well as Australia, Canada, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States, among other countries.
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