Tuesday, June 22, 2004

Confusion over Hamma Power Plant Explosion

Hours after an explosion rocked the Hamma power plant, outside Algiers last night, speculation has started about the origins. The government line is that it was an accident, several newspapers are considering a terrorist attack.

But on Tuesday morning, newspapers put forward the possibility of an attack, citing anonymous witnesses and "observations", such as the large crater visible in the pavement in front of the power station and the fact the perimeter wall of the installation had collapsed "towards the inside."

In the previous post, the Algerian government claimed to have eliminated most of the GSPC's leadership in military actions over the last weeks. We'll have to see if this has been a defiant reaction or indeed just an accident.