Sunday, August 14, 2011

The ad Toyota doesn't need

There is a penchant for jihadists to use Toyota Hilux trucks as rolling bomb platforms though it is likely due to those models being most readily available, and cheap.  If I was in Toyota marketing, I would be a little distressed every time one of my trucks exploded.

Seriously, the fact that no one was killed in this blast is a godsend, 29 were wounded and we have one less jihadist.  This happened in Algeria, another North African country boiling with Islamic rage and one to watch carefully.

From Reuters/Yahoo August 14 by Abdelaziz Boumzar in Tizi Ouzou, Algeria and Lamine Chikhi in Algiers

Algerian suicide attack wounds 29

TIZI OUZOU - A suicide bomber attacked a police headquarters in the Algerian city of Tizi Ouzou early on Sunday, injuring 29 people, the official APS news agency reported.
The attacker tried to drive a Toyota Hilux pick-up truck packed with explosives into the police headquarters at 4:30 a.m., it said.
Algeria's El Watan newspaper reported on its Internet site that four Chinese citizens and a baby were among those wounded.
Tizi Ouzou lies about 100 km (60 miles) east of the Algerian capital. It is the capital of the mountainous Kabylie region, where al Qaeda's north African wing has a stronghold.
A Reuters journalist in Tizi Ouzou said the site of the blast was quickly cleared up by the authorities, but that buildings near to the police headquarters had broken windows as a result of the explosion.
A similar suicide attack in 2008 targeted the headquarters of the police intelligence unit in Tizi Ouzou.
Algeria, a North African energy exporter, is still emerging from nearly two decades of conflict between security forces and Islamist militants that killed an estimated 200,000 people.

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