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April 5, 2003
 
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U.S. Embassy Guard in Algiers Fires Gun
Guard at U.S. Embassy in Algiers Fires Shots in Air Before Being Overpowered; No Injuries

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ALGIERS, Algeria April 5

A guard at the U.S. Embassy in Algiers fired his handgun into the air several times Saturday before he was overpowered by other guards, the country's official news agency reported. No one was hurt.

The guard, identified only as Mesaoud B., an Algerian national, was turned over to security forces and sent for psychological testing, APS reported, citing sources in the North African nation's security service.

There was no immediate explanation for his actions and no one at the embassy was available to comment after office hours.

Security at the embassy was reinforced at the start of the U.S.-led war against Iraq.

Copyright 2003 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

 
 
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