Algeria: We Are All Going to Die

Algeria's President is killed just after uttering those words

A few seconds after Mohammed Boudiaf spoke the words "We are all going to die," an assassin in uniform raised his submachine gun and fired, killing the 73-year-old Algerian head of state. Boudiaf may have thought he was merely making a philosophical point in his address to a crowd at a cultural center in the Mediterranean port city of Annaba. It was his first trip outside Algiers since he took office after a military coup in January. In the confusion and panic that followed, 41 other people were wounded by gunfire and grenades.

Though the government was reticent, the Algerian media...

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