At least two young people were killed Wednesday night in Oued R’hiou, in the wilaya of Relizane, in what appears to be a police blunder, report several sources. The killings come the day after the army’s chief, Ahmed Gaid Salah, toughened his speech on the pro-democracy protests.
The death of a 14-year-old on a motorcycle hit during a police chase triggered the clashes with the security forces that left at least one other dead among the protesters. Some reports suggest the teenager is 15 years old rather than 14.
According to media reports, hundreds of young people surrounded the police station in the city to protest against the killing of the teenager by the police car, the latter fired tear gas at first but then live ammunition. Some sources on social networks talk about four deaths in total.
A figure that the Interior Ministry has not confirmed in a statement made public this Thursday morning. The department of Salah Eddine Dahmoune also provides no death toll, expressing only regrets following this incident.
The ministry says it has sent a DGSN inquiry to the scene and is calling for restraint pending the outcome of the investigation by the security services and the judiciary.
Article last updated on 19/09/2019 at 17:51