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Algerian mayor shot dead by 'terrorists'

The mayor of a town south of Algiers was shot dead and had his throat slit by unidentified militants, policy have said

Algerian mayor shot dead by 'terrorists'
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An Algerian mayor has been shot dead and had his throat slit by unidentified “terrorists”, according to police quoted by state news agency APS.

The body of Benyoucef Chelghoum, 56, was found at his farm in Fercha, just outside Bordj El Emir Abdelkader, the town where he was mayor, on Friday.

The town is located 213 kilometres southwest of the capital Algiers, in the northern province of Tissemsilt.

The report gave no further details about the murder, including why “terrorists” were blamed.

No group or individual has yet claimed responsibility for the attack but government officials often blame the militants of an Al Qaeda off-shoot in Africa, known as Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), for such assaults.

The militants fought the army during a civil war in the 1990s and later formed the terror group.

Violence blamed on militants has declined considerably in recent years, but militants who battled the army during a civil war in the 1990s, and later formed AQIM, still operate in the country.

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