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Media anger after Algeria bombings
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The Algiers bomb was the deadliest attack on UN offices since 2003

The Algerian press voices anger and concern after the double car bombing in Algeria which left dozens dead, including at least 11 UN staff.

Some papers condemn the bombers, with one describing them as "the zombies of death", while others call for a change in security policy.

But commentators also consider social issues, with one lamenting the state of the young generation and another calling on the whole of society to fight back.

Arabic-language TV stations consider why the violent acts took place and what they represent for al-Qaeda.

K SELIM IN FRENCH-LANGUAGE LE QUOTIDIEN D'ORAN

There's no point trying to understand what goes on in the sick brain of the zombies of death. What has to be noted politically is that security provision, while necessary from every point of view, is not enough. The fight against terrorism belongs to the whole of society.

OMAR BELHOUCHET IN FRENCH-LANGUAGE EL WATAN

How can the public be mobilised against terrorism when the authorities show ambiguity in dealing with it? ... A national kick-start is required. It can be based only on a new political dynamic that combats failure to act, giving up all forms of weakness. Algerians are tired. They want to live in peace and safety.

ARABIC-LANGUAGE AL-FADJR

Regardless of the fall in terrorist attacks... the continued terrorist threat dictates a reconsidering of the peace and national reconciliation law. We need to determine this law's positive and negative impacts on Algeria in a way that allows the creation of a new strategy aimed at security in all spheres of life.

ARABIC-LANGUAGE EL MASSA

Any criminal act like the one which happened yesterday can only be confronted with condemnation and indignation and also with the determination to continue the fight against terrorism with resolve, permanent vigilance and mobilisation.

ARABIC-LANGUAGE EL KHABAR

The barbarism to which the capital woke up yesterday has probably restored some of our awareness and reminded us that pompous language... is useless. I even claim that the country today is shouting: "Either you love me and you tell me the truth or you hate me and you continue to feed me words which make no difference."

ARABIC-LANGUAGE ECH-CHOUROUK EL YOUMI

Once again the Algerians are stabbed in the back as they commemorate 11 December [1960 pro-independence protests]. With precise calculations that combine a bit of history, politics and propaganda, terrorism strikes at the heart of the capital... in a move that exposed the strategy of blood adopted by the terrorists.

FARAH MAAMAR IN FRENCH-LANGUAGE LE SOIR D'ALGERIE

The young people who died were your age and the boy who caused the devastation is of your generation! When they're not hurling themselves into the sea to go elsewhere, young people are blowing themselves up to enter into the promised paradise a little bit sooner... As for the old, they are all responsible for this tragedy. We all are.

FRENCH-LANGUAGE LA TRIBUNE

There is a groundswell of solidarity whose message is: enough of terrorist acts aimed at sapping the morale of the people... These aims have failed because, despite the pain and the fear of the prospect of further attacks ... the people went out to help the victims.

FATEH S IN FRENCH-LANGUAGE EL MOUJAHID

Just because terrorists plant car bombs, people should not believe they are regaining strength. In fact, this is evidence that they are deeply confused, have lost their bearings and are finding it impossible to maintain their belief that victory lies at the end of the road of using violence.

ARABIC LANGUAGE AL-JAZEERA TV

The bombings again highlighted questions over the strength of the Al-Qaeda Organisation in the Lands of the Islamic Maghreb... The Algerian government considers these bombings a desperate act after the blows it inflicted on the organisation. Others think this is an attempt by al-Qaeda to confirm it is still capable of executing painful attacks against those it considers its enemies.

IRAN-BASED ARABIC-LANGUAGE AL-ALAM TV

The Algiers operations raise questions again over the reasons for violence. This wave of violence comes despite the national concord law, presented by President Bouteflika and supported by the Algerian people in a public referendum. However, this has not stopped the confrontation from taking another form, which is of calculated attacks in the heart of the capital.

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