Algerian police chief shot dead by aide

08:50, February 26, 2010      

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The chief of Algeria's police Ali Tounsi was shot dead on Thursday at his office in the capital by one of his aides, local Echorouk newspaper reported.

According to the paper, Colonel Ali Tounsi was gunned down by head of the police helicopter unit Weldtash Shoeib during a meeting at the former's office in the police headquarters.

Shoeib, a 64-year-old retired army colonel, was hired by the Directorate General of National Security (DGSN) to be in charge of the police's chopper unit, sources told the paper.

Eyewitnesses said that Shoeib asked for a private talk with Tounsi prior to a meeting of senior security officials, where it was set to discuss penalties against Shoeib over irregularities.

During the meeting, Shoeib drew his pistol and fired over five shots at the police chief, who died at the spot, the eyewitnesses said.

After shooting Tounsi, Shoeib tried to commit suicide, but he only inflicted injuries, as he now lies in comma at a military hospital in the capital where he was moved to after the attack, they added.

Official APS news agency confirmed Tounsi's murder, saying he was killed at 10:45 a.m. (0945 GMT) during a working session by a police official "apparently having a fit of madness."

The unnamed official then injured himself very seriously, according to the report which cited a press release by the Interior Ministry. It gave no further details about the shooter's condition.

An investigation was opened into the incident, the report added.

Source: Xinhua
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