Algeria's governor kidnapped, taken to Libyan territory: report

January 17, 2012 11:22 pm 

ALGIERS, Jan. 17 — The governor of Algeria's southeastern region of Illizi, Ahmed Khelifi, was kidnapped on Monday evening, when he was conducting a working visit to Debdab locality on border with Libya, local media reported Tuesday.

The local Ennahar newspaper quoted Algerian security sources as saying that some family members of Abdelhamid Abu Zeid, a senior official of al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb, are behind the kidnapping.

The sources added that the governor of Illizi, 1,800 km southeast of Algiers, arrived at Debdab locality to calm down a protest there over the conviction of some youngsters with terrorism charges, before he was kidnapped and taken to Libyan territory. (PNA/Xinhua) RMA/utb

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