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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Soccer Chief Killed

ALGIERS () -- Gunmen on Wednesday killed the president of one of Algeria's most important soccer clubs as he stood in front of a home he was building for his family, authorities said. The gunmen escaped in a car.

The death of Ali Tahanouti was the latest in a series of killings of sports officials blamed on Islamic extremists trying to topple the military-backed government. Tahanouti headed the Sporting Youth of Bordj-Menaiel, a first-division team that has for years ranked among Algeria's top three clubs. This season it was 10th.