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Other spelling: Boumerdas
Arabic: būmardās

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Boumerdes, Algeria
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The harbour of Boumerdes.

Town in northern Algeria with 30,000 inhabitants (2009 estimate), located on the Mediterranean Sea, capital of the Boumerdes province with 795,000 inhabitants (2008 estimate) and an area of 1,590 km².
Boumerdes is an important centre in Algerian petroleum, with research centres as well as University M'hamed Bougara, which was established 1998.
It is well-connected to other urban centres by highways, Algiers is only 60 km west.
Its name during the French era as Rocher Noir.

1984: Becomes capital of a new province with the same name as town.
2003 May 21: Earthquake destroys large parts of town, almost 1,400 are killed and thousands of inhabitants become homeless.

By Tore Kjeilen