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Privation and Despair Colored an Algiers Bomber's Life - New York Times

ALGIERS -- Larbi Charef grew up in a tough neighborhood in Algiers alongside other suicide bombers, with none of the advantages of the university students he killed on Tuesday. A former convict, he was 30 years old when he detonated the explosives packed in his car on an Algiers street.


Mr. Charef was born in poverty in the eastern part of the capital, had made two pilgrimages to Saudi Arabia, spent time in prison and unemployed and eventually made his way to an insurgent camp in the eastern mountains of Algeria, according to a portrait pieced together from interviews with his family and security officials.

"The poverty is the soil, the prison the fertilizer," said a Western diplomat, a student of terrorism in North Africa. He called Mr. Charef, who went by the alias Abdul Rahman Abu Abdul Nasser Al-Aassemi, "in many ways, the classic profile" of a terrorist.

The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman
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