Assassination in Algiers

The Algerian police chief, Al Tounsi, was assassinated today after a cabinet meeting. While there is no immediate evidence of terrorist ties to the assassin, it shouldn’t be ruled out.  Algeria has fought a brutal counter-insurgency operation against militants in their country.  Al Tounsi, a veteran in the war of independence against France in the 1950’s, has been a central player in recent efforts.  It wouldn’t be a surprise to find links to between the assassin and insurgent or nationalist groups.  Even more interesting is that certain sources obtained by Al Jazeera suggest  that president Abedelaziz Bouteflika may have been seeking to remove Al Tounsi from office; although, at this point it seems to be mere speculation.

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