Algerian Energy Minister Yousef Yousfi has condemned attack on gas pipeline in Bouira
Algeria’s Energy Minister Yousef Yousfi has condemned the "terrorist attack" that targeted a gas pipeline in the Algerian state of Bouira, and confirmed that authorities would step up security to protect
petroleum and gas sites in the country.Speaking after an Algerian parliamentary session which included a vote on amendments to the fuel law, Yousfi said that armed groups are carrying out attacks on energy plants because they want to harm the Algerian economy.
The minister said: "I strongly condemn such criminal attacks. Algeria will not change its policy on eradicating terrorism as a result of these attacks." He confirmed that three security officials were killed in the attack and seven citizens were injured.
Yousfi revealed that security has been increased at key energy sites, with the government looking to "eradicate the terrorist threat" that could harm Algerian national interests. He added that an investigation into the attack on In Amenas gas facility earlier this month in underway.