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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Algerian National Police Chief Shot Dead in Meeting

High strangeness here. ‘Ali Tounsi, Algeria's Chief of the National Police (DGSN) was shot dead this morning during a meeting by a subordinate. BBC here; but you'll gain a lot more background from this post by kal at The Moor Next Door. Obviously there are tensions between President Bouteflika, Interior Minister Zerhouni, and the security services. Though this is being blamed on a manic outburst, there may be more than meets the eye. Read kal's piece as background as the news breaks.

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