The Director General of National Security in Algeria has been shot dead in a shootout at police headquarters in Algiers.
According to the Interior Ministry, Colonel Ali Tounsi was killed by a police officer acting in a “moment of insanity”.
The attack took place during a meeting in the victim’s own office.
There are unconfirmed reports the gunman shot at other officers as well, before turning his weapon on himself.
Al Arabiya quoted a source as saying the attacker was retaliating to news he was to be sacked.
Police and army units have reportedly cordoned off the city.
Algerian security chief shot dead in shootout