Algeria’s national security chief shot dead

February 25, 2010

Ali Tounsi

The chief of Algeria’s national security, Ali Tounsi, was shot dead in his office on Thursday shortly before noon, an Algerian daily has reported.

Witnesses quoted by Echorouk said Tounsi was killed by a 64-year-old retired army colonel who was hired by the national security agency to oversee the police helicopters unit.

According to the report, the officer had requested a brief private talk with Tounsi before the start of a larger meeting scheduled to discuss the findings of an investigation incriminating the retired colonel.

The paper said that following a heated argument, the officer took out his gun and fired more than five shots before turning it on himself. He is believed to be in a critical condition in a hospital in Ain Nadja, Echorouk said.

The victim had been in charge of the national security for the last 15 years when he was called from his retirement as head of intelligence to help in the fight against terrorism. He is largely credited with helping to establish peace in the country, following years of turmoil.

The interior ministry said in a statement that Tounsi was killed at around 10.45 am and that it started investigations into the assassination.



About the author

Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
Teaching career:
  • Monastir (Tunisia)
  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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