Algerian clashes

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ALGIERS (Reuter) - Gunmen shot dead a local official yesterday hours after security forces said they killed one of Algeria's deadliest Muslim fundamentalist hit men, Bentebiche Djemaa, known as Toufik, and nine others in a gunbattle on Wednesday. The APS news agency said three men shot dead an official appointed to run a local authority in the Badjarah disrict.