On January 31, Atlético turned its search for transfers in the surprising winter market. Definitely goodbye to Cavani, welcome Carrasco two years later. A month and a half later, however, his participation in the team is not determining. The Belgian has played, for the moment, 155 minutes spread over five games, 29% of the minutes. In none has it been a starter. When he played the most was against Espanyol, on March 1, 56 minutes. At least the 13 ‘in Mestalla. Morata, the previous winter signing in the rojiblanco team, for example, in the first month and a half under Simeone he had played 592 minutes, more than triple. Carrasco’s arrival was highly conditioned by the situation that the Atletico club was experiencing in January, weighed down by injuries, with Simeone without first-team players to make the calls. Faced with the absolute breakdown of the negotiations for Cavani, Carrasco was the final red-and-white option as he was a footballer capable of playing across the attack front, not just up front. Since last summer, Cholo has insisted on one thing: goals. That is what, for the coach, the campus has lacked since its construction. The parties proved him right. In the Champions League, he qualified for the quarterfinals after alighting the current European champion, Liverpool of Klopp that before measuring the rojiblancos seemed impossible, In the league he is currently sixth, with the lack of goals and draws like a stone in the foot. Ready for Luis LaLiga: the last ten gamesCarrasco conspicuously stood out in his second season at Atlético, in its previous stage. It was 2016-17, which ended with 14 goals in 56 games. Forever three moments: his match at the Camp Nou where Simeone first placed him as a striker and shone, all the compliments comparing him to Maradona, his three goals against Granada at 7-1 and his goal in the Champions League final in Milan. Highly talented, Simeone tries to connect quickly to the new Atlético. His particular preseason should be over for Simeone to have him ready for Luis’s LaLiga match. The last ten games. Those who will arrive after this break in this season already conditioned by the coronavirus health crisis.
UEFA maintains contacts with the twelve venues it had chosen to host Euro 2020 this summer to make sure that it will be possible to play in those cities also next summer after the postponement of the tournament for national teams due to the coronavirus.“UEFA is in contact with all these twelve cities on this matter and will make the corresponding announcements in due course. Euro 2020 will take place between June 11 and July 11, 2021 with the intention of having the same calendar and the same venues “, the organism expressed to the agency “dpa”. The next Eurocup was to have a novel format as it took place across Europe as a commemoration of its 60th anniversary. Bilbao and its San Mamés stadium was the chosen venue in Spain next to Amsterdam, Baku, Bilbao, Budapest, Bucharest, Copenhagen, Dublin, Glasgow, London, Munich, Rome and Saint Petersburg.
The football situation caused by the coronavirus pandemic could open the door to the option of Philippe Coutinho returning to Barcelona next season. The Brazilian, let’s not forget that he is the most expensive signing in the history of the club, He is playing on loan at Bayern Munich, a team that has already announced that he does not intend to exercise the right of purchase that was reserved by the footballer.At the Barça board they see the Brazilian as a key element in the market as a currency to hire players. The footballer himself has been responsible for filtering through his environment that his priority is to return to the Premier before Barça, but the Blaugrana coach has other plans.In an interview with RAC1 Setién said that the Brazilian is a player that he likes and that he has him for the next campaign.“I think Coutinho is a great player, I really like him. He is a player who is originally from Barcelona. You have to pay the clause or pay a sum to Barça. And also that he wants to return. I reckon I can be here at the beginning of next season. I have to speak to him to ask him. If necessary, I will speak to him, ”said the Cantabrian coach. Coutinho went to Bayern on loan in exchange for 8.5 million euros. The German team reserved a purchase option of 120 million, which has already announced that it will not be effective, which triggered that both the player’s agents and Barça began to look for a place for him in other leagues, especially England, where he maintains an excellent lineup after his time at Liverpool.Arsenal and Chelsea seem to be the teams that were most interested. Regarding the blue interest, it was speculated that Barcelona could include him in an operation to exchange him for midfielder Kanté.At Bayern, Coutinho has failed to regain the level he had in the Premier. He has played 32 games, but of the last ten Bundesliga games, he has only played two complete. In the Champions League, he only played 90 minutes three times. Still, he has scored nine goals and has given eight assists.When everything seemed on track for Coutinho to seek life in the UK, now Setién, who has never hidden that the Brazilian likes him and who is a type of player who adapts to his game scheme, will try to convince him to return to dress in Blaugrana the next campaign.
INSPORTS Little League starts on Thursday Fort battle Right Stuff in domino league The four semi-finalists in the JB Rum/South Central Confederation Super League were determined following the last four matches in the preliminary round on Wednesday. The semi-final pairings are as follows: Dunbeholden FC vs Jamalco FC and Tru-Juice FC vs St Bess FC. Neither date nor venue has been decided. St Catherine teams Dunbeholden and Tru-Juice topped the respective preliminary zones with identical records of five wins and a loss for a total of 15 points each. Clarendon’s Jamalco and St Bess FC of St Elizabeth grabbed the two second spots after mining 10 points each. In the final preliminary round matches, Tru-Juice FC were able to come from behind to defeat Jamalco FC 2-1, St Bess FC played New Bowens FC at Lacovia Community Centre and came away 3-1 winners, Dunbeholden outscored out-of-contention Downs 4-3, and in a game of academic interest, Black Star FC were on fire at home, defeating Ricam Academy 3-1. Faith Temple New Testament and Power of Faith Development will battle in the eliminator two match-up in the Power of Faith Ministries Twenty20 Church Cricket League, at 11:30 this morning at the Bridgeport Sports ground. The winner will face Portmore Gospel Assembly (PGA) in the final. Meanwhile, six-time champions Power of Faith International (PFM Int’l) bowed out of the competition in the eliminator stages, as their brother team, Power of Faith Development (PFM Dev) humbled them by nine wickets at the Bridgeport Cricket ground recently. Scores: PFM Int’l 77 all out in 16. 4 overs, with the top score coming from Marlon Hoilette (24), as Demar Johnson led the bowling with 2-20 from three overs. In response, PFM Dev made 80-1 in seven overs. Top scorers were Gladstone Anderson (31 not out) and Demar Johnson (18 not out). PFM Int’l captain, Leon Edwards, took 1-14 from two overs. Fort International will play Right Stuff in the feature game of four on schedule in the City of Kingston Cooperative Credit Union-sponsored Portmore Domino League tomorrow, starting at 11 a.m. In other games, Correctional Services host Highlight Strikers at Spanish Town Prison Oval, Eradication welcome Passagefort United at Gregory Park and Garveymeade entertain Masterpiece at the Garveymeade Sports Club. South Central Super League semi-finalists PFM Development, Faith Temple in KO clash Orville Henriques lived up to his billing as the top central Jamaica-based practical pistol shooter as he won the April Monthly match on the Manchester Rifle and Pistol Club’s 2016 competitive shooting program. It was his fourth straight win. Henriques tallied a total of 557 points from eight stages to win by 120 points over female shooter Sue Ann Henriques. A resurgent Owen Campbell came third, posting a creditable 75 per cent at 421 points. Thomas Jones at 73 per cent and Evon Grant at 68 rounded off the top five performers on the day. Independence City Primary gets baseball equipment In a move to increase the number of children playing baseball in Jamaica, scouts from the Pittsburgh Pirates, who are currently conducting training drills with a specific set of children, handed over baseball equipment to Doreen Crawford, acting principal of Independence City Primary School, on Tuesday. Taylor, who is also the administrative assistant for the Jamaica Little League Association, said a coach will be coming from the United States to conduct a clinic to fine tune the youngsters’ skills. They are presently operating in four schools in Portmore. Portmore, Wanderers draw 1-1 Defending champions Wanderers had to dig deep to keep their unbeaten record intact, as they drew 1-1 with arch-rivals Portmore United in the St Catherine FA U13 Football League last Saturday. In other games, Rivoli United beat Tredegar Park 2-0, Royal Lakes drew 1-1 with Daytona, East Portmore Portals clipped Westchester 1-0, Windsor Lion whipped De La Vega City 4-0, while Angels United and Central Linx ended 1-1. The Institute of Sports (INSPORTS)/Portmore Little League Football competition will kick off on Thursday, May 5, at the Ferdie Neita Sports Complex, featuring five games, opening ceremony and dress parade. Activities start at 9:30 a.m. Defending champions Waterford Infant will play the feature game against Greater Portmore Basic at noon. In other games, first-timers Naggo Head Infant will come up against 2014 champion Elim Basic, also at 9:30 a.m. Kensington Basic tackle Sabina at 10:30 a.m., 2015 runners-up Aintree will play Silverstone at noon, while Harvest Temple will take on 2015 third-place team Ascot Basic. A total of 15 teams are down to compete. They have been placed in two zones, with the top four set to advance to the quarter-finals and the final scheduled for Tuesday, June 28. All games will be played at the Ferdie Neita Sports Complex. A seminar will be held by INSPORTS on Tuesday, May 3, at the Greater Portmore Basic School, to enlightened/educate coaches for schools in this competition. Porus and Hillstars will contest the 2016 finals of the Moorland Development/Pat Anderson/Manchester Football Association U17 competition. In the first semi-final contested at Brooks Park, Jarmarley Nichol’s fifth minute strike was enough to hand Hillstars a 1-0 win over Ricam Academy. The second semi-final, which was played on Tuesday between the unbeaten favourites Porus and 360 Degrees, was more anticipated and was played in inclement weather. It finished 1-1 after regulation time. Nicholai Gayle scored first for 360deg in the 14th minute, capitalising after goalkeeper Odaine Reid of Porus fumbled the ball. Javel Coley found the equaliser in the 27th minute of play. The game required a penalty shoot-out and goalkeeper Reid came up trumps for Porus, saving two of the 360deg players’ shots. Henriques wins Mandeville Monthly match Porus, Hillstars in Pat Anderson U17 final
Defending champions Fort International are expected to win their opening game of the season as they play against Mechanical Strikers in the City of Kingston Cooperative Credit Union-sponsored Jamaica Domino Federation Portmore/ St Catherine League which begins tomorrow. The game which will be played on the Passagefort Drive-based Fort is one of 10 matches scheduled. In other games, Ken’s Wildflower are at home at Portmore Plaza, against Links United (formerly Spit Fyah). Spit Fyah were runners-up, in the just concluded Jamaica Domino Council Association (JDCA) Premier League, to champions Caribbean Classic. In other games Right Stuff entertain Chedwin Strikers at Waterford; Masterpiece welcome Eradication at Old Harbour Road; Naggo Head host Waterhouse at the Naggo Head Taxi stand; Spring Village are at home against Frasziers Whip. Correctional Services await Garveymeade at Spanish Town Prison Oval; Soursop Tree host Memory Lane at Jolly’s Restaurant, Port Henderson Road; Felluchi Strikers play Passagefort United at Old Harbour Road and Exceptional International take on Braeton All Stars in Spanish Town, all games begin at 11:30 p.m. Caribbean Classic cop domino title Edgewater and Racing United will tomorrow play for the first silverware of the 2016-2017 season of the Pines Imaging Centre-sponsored Portmore Division Two Football League at the Racing field. Match time is 3 p.m. Both clubs registered wins in the fifth round to book their spots in the final. Edgewater defeated Cumberland 3-1 while Racing blanked Caymanas Gardens 3-0. In other games last Sunday Braeton drew 2-2 with Waterford and Westchester clipped Three West FC 1-0. Portmore United were merciless on their quarter-final opponents Bodles FC as they clobbered them 7-0 at the Spanish Town Prison Oval recently. Ricardo Morris (18th, 65th), Malique Foster (36th, 53rd) Tremaine Stewart (8th), Suelae McCalla (71st) and Radian Jennings (75th) were on the scoresheet. In other quarter-final games Naggo Head outscored Federal United 3-2, and Newlands eliminated Cedar Grove 2-1. Caribbean Classic placed another trophy in their glittering cabinet after they defeated arch-rivals Spit Fyah 300-270 in the final of the Jamaica Domino Council Association Premier League on the grounds of National Housing Trust (NHT) last Sunday. Bull Bay United took third place, as they staved off a strong challenge from Braeton All Stars and won by five points (300-295) in a count-down. Portmore clobber Bodles 7-0 in KO match Edgewater, Racing United in mid-season final Fort opens against Mechanical Strikers
Woods was asked whether his relationship with Trump, with whom he has played golf, was “professional or personal.”“Well, I’ve known Donald for a number of years,” Woods said. “We’ve played golf together. We’ve had dinner together. I’ve known him pre-presidency and obviously during his presidency.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Woods was then asked about how he would explain such a friendly relationship with Trump given his tightening of US immigration policies and ongoing feuds with NBA and NFL players.Trump has objected to NFL players kneeeling during the national anthem as a method of protesting racial inequality and social injustice and revoked White House invitations to NBA clubs after players said they would not attend what had been traditional visits before trump took office. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Asian Games: Another bronze for PH courtesy of pencak silat MOST READ Tiger Woods of the United States plays his shot from the 12th tee during the final round of The Northern Trust on August 26, 2018 at the Ridgewood Championship Course in Ridgewood, New Jersey. Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFPTiger Woods stayed out of US President Donald Trump’s feuds with NBA and NFL players after Sunday’s final round of the US PGA Northern Trust tournament.Woods, a 14-time major winner in his first event since finishing second at the PGA Championship to fellow American Brooks Koepka, fired a final-round one-under par 70 to finish 72 holes on four-under 280 at Ridgewood Country Club.ADVERTISEMENT Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? “Well, he’s the President of the United States,” Woods replied. “You have to respect the office.“No matter who is in the office, you may like, dislike personality or the politics, but we all must respect the office.”Woods was asked if he had anything more to say regarding the state of race relations and discourse.“No,” Woods answered. “I’m just finished 72 holes and really hungry.”Woods was then escorted to a waiting car and departed for his private jet and a flight home to Florida, where he plans a few days off and some putting work before Friday’s next US PGA playoff event near Boston.ADVERTISEMENT Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs View comments
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Lady Falcons came into the game with a new coach after the eloquent and incisive American tactician Airess Padda got sacked on the heels of three straight losses and played inspired volleyball to trip the Lady Bulldogs, 25-15, 25-19, 25-22 victory.“We know that we wanted to win this because this was for coach Air,” said Adamson’s Bern Flora in Filipino.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“Now we realized we needed discipline and that’s what coach Air had been trying to tell us,” added Flora, who had 15 points.Padda was replaced by Onyok Getigan, although she will stay as conditioning coach for the Lady Falcons. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title But Ateneo wasn’t about to give it up as it displayed its winning attitude, beating UE in attacks (38-29), kill-blocks (8-4) and service aces (5-2).“Definitely, we have the communications going and trust in each other,” added Madayag. “There is no nervousness at all and we just play our game and follow the system.”Kat Tolentino topscored for Ateneo with 13 points, while Bea de Leon and Jules Samonte added eight each.Abil had 14 points for the Lady Warriors, who gave away 24 points in errors compared to the Lady Eagles’ 17.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next KaTropa bust Painters’ run Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college The Lady Eagles needed just over an hour to take the fight out of the Lady Warriors, 25-15, 25-21, 25-16.It was Ateneo’s third straight victory after dropping its first match against arch-rival and three-time defending champion La Salle. Ateneo thus tied the Lady Spikers and University of the Philippines’ Lady Maroons at the top of the standings.Maddie Madayag scored 11 points for the Lady Eagles who led in all departments except for excellent receptions, which UE dominated, 37-21.But the Lady Eagles targeted Judith Abil for most of those receptions. Abil accounted for 18 of the receptions, which naturally kept UE’s top scorer busy.“I think we allowed UE to get back into the game in the second set, and because UE trusts each other they can really get take advantage of that,” said Madayag, referring to the only competitive frame of the match.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:53Pentagon suspends Saudi students’ flight training00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Ateneo totally outclassed University of the East to create a gridlock at the top in UAAP Season 81’s women’s volleyball tournament.Adamson, reeling from the sacking of its coach, scored its first win at the expense of National University in a drama-filled Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history LATEST STORIES
“The reality is that in a game of football if you can’t manage the game to your advantage you will pay for it. We started the game in a very good pace and scored an early goal, but in the second half we committed a lot of mistakes,” the Nigerian legend said.“In this tournament we are not in a position to compete. There is no character in our team because most players play in Tanzania. We lack the experience but it is a good thing to come to AFCON; we hope we can learn on this and build on this for the future,”Tanzania players line up before their Africa Cup of Nations match against enya at the June 30 Stadium on Cairo on June 27, 2019. PHOTO/CAF“We were privileged to qualify after a long time. Everyone wants to do well and win their games, but the reality remains we lack a lot of experience, we lack character and we lack maturity,” the tactician added in his scathing assessment of Tanzania’s failure.The Taifa Stars have most of their players playing locally and their most experienced lot are skipper Mbwana Samatta, Thomas Ulimwengu and Himid Mao who all play outside the country.Amunike believes the local league in Tanzania does not offer much of a challenge especially that according to him, there are only two big teams in the country; Simba and Yanga.“I think more players need to go out of Tanzania and play at a league where they can grow and compete with other players from Africa and the rest of the world. Our players need exposure. Hopefully in future we can be much better and in a position to compete,” the coach noted.Tanzania finish off their campaign against Algeria on Monday with the Fennecs already qualified for the round of 16 and will only be looking to pick points and top the group.0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Tanzania head coach Emmanuel Amunike before a past presser. PHOTO/ESPNCAIRO, Egypt, Jun 28 – Taifa Stars head coach Emmanuel Amunike has delivered a scathing analysis of his side, saying they lack the character and experience to play at the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) as most of his players play locally.Tanzania officially bowed out of the competition after losing 3-2 to Kenya on Thursday night and Amunike wrapped up his charges, saying they lost because they did not know what to do at crucial moments of the game.
Counterterrorism officials in Algeria’s former colonial ruler, France, say the group is drawing members from across North Africa. Although it is thought to have only several hundred fighters, the al-Qaida affiliate has resisted security sweeps to organize suicide bombings and other attacks as it shifts its focus from trying to topple the government to waging holy war and fighting Western interests. Al-Qaida has been urging attacks on French and Spanish interests in North Africa. In September, Osama bin Laden’s chief deputy, Ayman al-Zawahri, called for jihad in North Africa to “cleanse (it) of the children of France and Spain.” The meaning of 11 Tuesday’s date – Dec. 11 – suggested an Islamic terror link. Al-Qaida has struck on the 11th in several countries, including the Sept. 11, 2001, attack in the U.S. Al-Qaida in Islamic North Africa claimed responsibility for attacks last April 11 that hit the Algerian prime minister’s office and a police station, killing 33 people. Dec. 11 itself has meaning for Algerians. On that date in 1960, pro-independence demonstrations were held against the French colonial rulers. The Constitutional Council is located on December 11, 1960 Boulevard. Anne Giudicelli, a former French diplomat specializing in the Middle East who runs the Paris-based consulting firm Terrorisc, said Tuesday’s attack bore the “clear signature” of al-Qaida-affiliated groups – in the choice of targets and use of near simultaneous bombings. “They attacked … neighborhoods where there is plenty of security, which is a way to show their strength in the war with security services,” she said. Louis Caprioli, a former assistant director of France’s DST counterintelligence agency who now works for the risk-management company Geos, said the attack may have been a reaction to the arrest last month of Bouderbala Fateh, a leading figure in Algeria’s al-Qaida branch. The raid found three bombs, 1,760 pounds of explosives and a rocket launcher in the group’s hide-out. Algeria’s militants “feel a need to fight back after many arrests, after (militants) turned themselves in or were killed,” he said. “They needed to react to show their operational capacity.” After Tuesday’s bombings, one damaged U.N. building stood with its insides spilling into a street littered with the soot-covered remains of parked cars crunched by the blast. The Constitutional Council lost chunks of its white facade, exposing red brick underneath, and a neck-deep crater was gouged in the road outside. The attacks killed 26 people, an Interior Ministry statement said Tuesday evening. It said the dead included two U.N. staffers – one Danish, the other Senegalese – as well as three people from Asia whose nationalities were not given. An additional 177 people were injured, 26 of whom were hospitalized, the ministry said. Other sources said the toll was higher. An official at the civil protection agency who spoke on condition of anonymity said 45 people were killed. A doctor at a hospital who said he was in contact with staffers at other hospitals put the death toll at a minimum of 60. Algerian Prime Minister Abdelaziz Belkhadem, quoted by the APS news agency, called the higher figures inflated and said the government had no reason to hide the real death toll. In New York, U.N. deputy spokeswoman Marie Okabe said at least 10 U.N. workers were dead, but she added that “there are still a number of staff that remain unaccounted for.” Marie Heuze, a spokeswoman for the world body in Geneva, said that if all the missing were dead, it would be the deadliest assault on the United Nations since the 2003 attack on U.N. offices in Iraq that killed top U.N. envoy Sergio Vieira de Mello and 21 others. That attack was staged by Islamic extremists who later affiliated with al-Qaida.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ALGIERS, Algeria – Two truck bombs set off in quick succession sheared off the fronts of U.N. offices and a government building in Algeria’s capital Tuesday, killing at least 26 people and wounding nearly 200 in an attack claimed by an affiliate of al-Qaida. Al-Qaida in Islamic North Africa, in a posting on a militant Web site, called the U.N. offices “the headquarters of the international infidels’ den.” A U.N. official said at least 10 of its employees died. The bombs exploded 10 minutes apart around 9:30 a.m., devastating the U.N. refugee agency and other U.N. offices along a street in the upscale Hydra neighborhood as well as Algeria’s Constitutional Council, which rules on the constitutionality of laws and oversees elections. The blasts, which came on the month’s 11th day, a number rich in symbolism both for Algerians and for al-Qaida, drew swift international condemnation. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champ“It was horror,” said Mohammed Faci, 23, whose arm was broken by the blast as he rode a bus. The targeting of U.N. offices was a new development in the 15-year war between Algeria’s secular government and Islamic insurgents, who previously focused their hate on symbols of the military-backed administration and civilians. Al-Qaida’s self-styled North African branch’s Web posting said two suicide bombers attacked the buildings with trucks carrying 1,760 pounds of explosives each. Images were provided of the two “martyrs,” identified as Ibrahim Abu Uthman and Abdul Rahman Abu Abdul Nasser Al-Aassemi. “This is another successful conquest … carried out by the Knights of the Faith with their blood in defense of the wounded nation of Islam,” said the statement, which claimed that more than 110 “Crusaders and apostates” were killed. Interior Minister Noureddine Yazid Zerhouni said the Algerian government was “certain” that al-Qaida in Islamic North Africa – formerly known as the Salafist Group for Call and Combat – “was behind the attack.”