The Arabist

The Arabist

By Issandr El Amrani and friends.

FIS leader's son "disappears"

Ali Bilhaj, the deputy head of the Algerian Islamic Salvation Front (FIS), called on Algerian security to disclose the whereabouts of his 18-year-old "disappeared" son, in a statement circulated by London-based Islamic Observation Center. The Algerian Islamist complained of security hassles against him and his family, following an anti-Pope protest they attended in front of the Vatican's Embassy on 22 September.

Bilhaj said his son, Abdel Qahhar, disappeared last Sunday, and held the Algerian authorities responsible for his safety.

More details could be found in the following Arabic statement I received from the IOC...

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