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Eyewitness: Algiers bomb blasts
UN flag outside bombed building in Algiers
UN workers were feared to be trapped inside the building
There have been two bombs in the Algerian capital, Algiers, which have left dozens dead and many more injured. The second blast was at UN offices in the city. Sophie Haspeslagh, an employee at the United Nations Development Programme, described hearing the first explosion before being caught up in the second.

I was sitting at my desk, working at my computer and there was a large blast. Some of my colleagues went to talk to the security guards with walkie-talkies outside the building who said there had been a bomb.

[The second explosion occurred minutes later.]

I was going to a meeting and bumped into a colleague. We were talking about my leaving party on Thursday when there was a massive blast.

Everything shattered. Everything fell. I hid under a piece of furniture so I wouldn't be hit by the debris.

We were calling out to each other. He took me by the arm. There were fumes everywhere, we couldn't see anything.

I was holding my jacket on my face because I couldn't breathe.

We went outside and several of my colleagues were badly injured, being helped out of the building.

I was looking up and [another] colleague was at the window. The part of the building next to him had collapsed.

One of my colleagues had a big wound in her neck, she was bleeding severely.

Then we started taking out the safety kits and looking after our colleagues.

It hadn't even struck me that half my colleagues were still in the building so we started making a list.

It's awful because there are swarms of people everywhere just watching. The ambulances and police can hardly get through.


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