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Jan 20, 2013 at 10:41am IST

Algerian attack reminder of threat posed by al Qaeda, says US President Barack Obama

Washington: Condemning the terrorist attack in Algeria, US President Barack Obama has blamed terrorists for the tragedy and said attack is another reminder of the threat posed by al Qaeda and other violent extremist groups in North Africa. "Today, the thoughts and prayers of the American people are with the families of all those who were killed and injured in the terrorist attack in Algeria. The blame for this tragedy rests with the terrorists who carried it out, and the United States condemns their actions in the strongest possible terms," Obama said in a statement on Saturday.

The United States, he said, has been in constant contact with Algerian officials and stand ready to provide whatever assistance they need in the aftermath of this attack. "We also will continue to work closely with all of our partners to combat the scourge of terrorism in the region, which has claimed too many innocent lives," he said.

"This attack is another reminder of the threat posed by al Qaeda and other violent extremist groups in North Africa. In the coming days, we will remain in close touch with the government of Algeria to gain a fuller understanding of what took place so that we can work together to prevent tragedies like this in the future," Obama said.

Algerian attack reminder of threat posed by al Qaeda: Obama

The US President said that America was in constant touch with Algerian officials and was ready to provide whatever assistance they needed.

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