Two convicted terrorists who had been freed in an amnesty carried out the suicide bombings at U.N. and government buildings that killed 37 people, an Algerian security official has said.Revolving door justice is injustice, and where jihadis are concerned amnesty and open door policies are a threat to humanity. How many have to die for people to realize the folly of letting jihadis loose once caught?
Rescuers and bomb experts search for survivors in the rubble of a destroyed building.
Rescuers in the shaken city Thursday were still extracting the living and the dead from the crumpled remains of U.N. offices in Algiers that were bombed by al-Qaeda's self-styled North African affiliate.
Victims caught in Tuesday's twin truck bombings, which happened 10 minutes apart, included U.N. staff from around the world, police officers and law students.
One of the bombers was a 64-year-old man in the advanced stages of cancer, while the other was a 32-year-old from a poor suburb that has produced many Islamic militants, the security official said Thursday on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.
The government has offered amnesties to try to end a 15-year Islamic insurgency, resulting in thousands of militants turning themselves in, but sparking fierce criticism from the families of victims.
This is an attack that is likely not to have occurred had the Algerian government not let these men free as part of an amnesty. It's the prime reason I'm opposed to letting the Palestinian thugs out of Israeli jails because they are likely to strike again, and it's the reason I'm opposed to letting the jihadis run free after being held in places like GitMo.