Algeria held a grand military parade to celebrate the 60th anniversary of its independence from French colonialism, with the attendance of senior local and foreign officials.

In a televised message before the parade, Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune said the Independence Day celebrations “bear the meanings of loyalty to the martyrs, and to the eternal message of November” 1954, referring to the victory of the Algerian War of Independence.

Tebboune, who is also commander-in-chief of the People’s National Army, inspected parade formations of land, air and naval forces as well as the National Gendarmerie as they passed through a seaside square near the newly built Grand Mosque of Algiers.

The parade also featured hundreds of military vehicles, including missile launchers, armored personnel carriers, and Soviet-era tanks. After the flyover of Algerian fighter jets in a triangle formation, a showcase of warships including frigates and submarines concluded the parade.

Senior Algerian military officials including Army Chief of Staff Said Chengriha attended the parade, together with foreign leaders and ministers, including the presidents of Tunisia, Ethiopia and Niger.  (Algerian Ministry of National Defense/Handout via Xinhua)

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