Al-Qaeda claims responsibility for Algeria's gas plant attack

ALGIERS, March 18 (KUNA) — Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) has claimed responsibility for the attack that targeted a gas installation in Algeria’s desert on Friday.
The remote facility, located about 875 kilometers south of the capital, is being operated by Algeria’s Sonatrach, British BP PLC and Norway’s Statoil.
In a statement relayed by the Algerian media, AQIM said it carried out the attack.
The “terrorist” attempt had no impact on the installation or the production, a statement by Sonatrach said, calling it a “failure.” Two homemade rocket shells fell near the security post at the production site, the Defense Ministry said.
It added in a statement that the Algerian army scuttled the “attempted terrorist attack” and immediately surrounded the zone. A search operation backed by helicopters was in progress. (end) ft.msa