(CNN) — Two suspected car bombs ripped through the Algerian capital Tuesday, reportedly killing at least 62 people in what appeared to be targeted attacks on government and United Nations buildings.
Rescue workers walk among damaged cars near the U.N. buildings.
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At least one U.N. worker — a driver for the Algiers office — has been confirmed dead, while another 12 staff members are apparently missing.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the blasts which he described as “terrorist attacks”, adding the dead included “a number of United Nations staff members.”
Jean Fabre, spokesman for the U.N. Development Program, told CNN a search was under way for the 12 missing staffers.
Algerian Interior Minister Yazid Zerhouni blamed a militant Islamic group, the Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat (GSPC).
The group aims to establish an Islamic state within Algeria. At a news conference, Zerhouni said the Supreme Court and Constitutional Council — hit by one of the two blasts — were known to have been on a list of GSPC targets.
The first bomb detonated near the Constitutional Council’s building in the Algiers neighborhood of Ben Aknoun, according to the state-run Algeria Press Agency.
The second exploded in the middle of the street between two U.N. buildings — the UNHCR offices and the U.N.’s main building — at approximately 9:30 a.m. (3:30 a.m. ET) in the residential area of Hydra, UNHCR spokesman Ron Redmond said.