Zohra Drif

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Zohra Drif Bitat (Arabic: , born in 1934 in Tissemsilt) is a retired lawyer and the vice-president of the of the Council of the Nation, the upper house of the Algerian Parliament. She is best known for her activities on behalf of the National Liberation Front during the Algerian War of Independence.

Milk Bar Café bombing

Drif was twenty years old and a student in the Faculty of Law at the University of Algiers when, on 30 September 1956, she set a bomb in the Milk Bar cafe, which killed three French youths and injured dozens. She was captured in early October 1957 along with Saadi Yacef, reportedly her boyfriend at the time, at No. 3 Rue Caton in the Casbah of Algiers by Lt. Colonel Jeanpierre and his 1st Foreign Parachute Regiment. In August 1958, she was sentenced to 20 years of hard labour by the military tribunal of Algiers for terrorism, and was locked up in the women's section of the Barbarossa prison. She published a 20-page treatise, entitled The death of my brothers (), in 1960, while still in prison. She was pardoned by Charles de Gaulle on the occasion of Algerian independence in 1962.

Personal life

Drif is the widow of former Algerian president Rabah Bitat. She is reported to be a close friend of current president Abdelaziz Bouteflika.

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