Gunmen kill top Algerian

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TUNIS, Aug 25 (Reuter) - Gunmen shot dead an Algerian politician late on Wednesday in his home on the outskirts of the capital Algiers, the official news agency APS said on Thursday. Mohamed Abdallah Kaci, 60, was a member of the unelected 200-seat National Transition Council set up by the authorities last May as one of institutions to help return the violence- racked north African country to democracy.

Kaci, gunned down in his house in Ben-Zerga suburb, was also a member of the Algerian Movement for Justice and Development whose founder, Kasdi Merbah, a former prime minister, was killed last year in an ambush east of Algiers.