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2nd Journalist Dies After Being Shot in Algeria

<i> Times Wire Services</i>

An Algerian radio journalist has died after being shot in the head--the second reporter to be killed within 24 hours from attacks blamed on Islamic militants.

Ali Abboud, 38, news director of the Arabic-language Channel 1, died in a hospital after he was shot Friday in southern Algiers, his station said Saturday.

Also Friday, Zineddine Aliou Salah, an investigative reporter with Liberte, the country’s largest French-language newspaper, was shot and killed by three men near his home south of the capital.

No arrests were reported, but suspicion fell on Muslim militants.

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Despite continuing violence, Western diplomats in Algeria apparently ignored a Muslim fundamentalist threat Saturday as a deadline for them to leave the country or face death expired.

The threat, purported to come from Algeria’s most violent rebel organization, the Armed Islamic Group, said diplomats from several Western countries, including Britain, France, Germany and the United States, would be killed in cold blood if they had not left Algeria by Saturday.


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