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Al-Qaida Says It Killed Algerian Diplomats

The country’s leading terror group, Al-Qaida in Iraq, claimed Wednesday it has killed two kidnapped Algerian diplomats, the second reported slayings of Arab envoys this month. “The head of the Algerian mission Ali Belaroussi and the diplomat Azzedine Belkadi, whose government is ruling in violation of God’s will, were killed,” said the Internet statement, which could not be verified independently. Belaroussi, 62, and Belkadi, 47, were kidnapped at gunpoint July 21 in Baghdad’s upscale Mansour area. They appeared in a video made public Tuesday blindfolded and in captivity. Wednesday’s statement, which appeared on an Islamic Web site, claimed the envoys had been killed because of the Algerian government’s repression of Muslims in their north African country. Full Story

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