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.