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40 Algerian police wounded in anti-shale gas protest

Alergian protesters scuffle with security forces during a demonstration against the exploitation of shale gas on February 24, 2015 in the capital AlgiersForty police officers were wounded in clashes with demonstrators opposed to shale gas exploration in the Algerian Sahara, the Interior Ministry announced. “The town of In-Salah saw incidents involving public order, initiated by a group of young people protesting against shale gas operations in the region,” the ministry said in a statement. Protesters set fire to the local government offices of In-Salah district and the residence of the district chief, as well as part of a police dormitory and a police truck. Anti-shale gas demonstrations have increased in the cities of the Algerian Sahara since late December, when Algerian oil company Sonatrach announced it had successfully completed its first pilot drilling in the In-Salah region.

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