31 December 2012

Algeria: Imam Escapes Assassination

An Algerian imam who publicly denounced extremism escaped an assassination attempt on Sunday (December 30th), Tout sur l'Algerie reported. An unknown assailant reportedly stabbed the imam of the mosque in Mellakou, southwest of Tiaret.

In his Friday sermon, the victim reportedly condemned "salafist obscurantists". Sources said he later received a threatening phone call.

The imam is recovering in a Tiaret hospital.

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