Colleague kills Algerian police chief in murder-suicide attempt
Slain Algerian national police chief Ali Tounsi, 73, was buried at Algiers's El Alia cemetery on Friday (February 26th), one day after he was shot by a colleague at DGSN headquarters.
"Ali Tounsi died at 10:45 a.m. during a working session, during which a police official, apparently having a fit of madness, used his weapon and killed Colonel Ali Tounsi, then injured himself very seriously", an official statement said about the apparent murder-suicide attempt.
According to Algerian media reports, witnesses identified the alleged assassin as retired Army colonel and DGSN helicopter unit chief Chaib Oueltache, 64. He is reportedly in a coma at Algiers' Ain Naadja hospital.
Tounsi recently ordered an investigation into contracts for helicopter parts that had uncovered suspicious transactions by Oueltache. According to El Khabar, the shooting occurred after the DGSN director fired Oueltache for suspected involvement in a corruption case.
In a statement offering condolences to Tounsi's family and his National Security colleagues, Interior Minister Noureddine Yazid Zerhouni stressed the patriotism of the late DGSN chief. "Ali Tounsi devoted all his life to the service of the Algerian nation, to the sustained struggle against terrorism over the past 16 years, as well as to the modernisation of the national police forces," Zerhouni said. On Friday, the ministry announced that a judicial probe has been opened into the case.
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