Algeria football journalists covering AFCON tournament robbed outside Cameroon hotel

Algeria football journalists covering AFCON tournament robbed outside Cameroon hotel
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10 January, 2022
A group of Algerian journalists were attacked and robbed outside their hotel in Cameroon, leaving two injured.
There is large Algerian media coverage for AFCON this year, as the country won the last tournament in 2019 [AFP/Getty- archive]

At least two people were left injured after a group of Algerian journalists covering the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) were attacked in Cameroon on Sunday, Algerian media reported.

The attackers stopped the journalists - who are in the city of Douala to cover the football tournament - as they were leaving their hotel, robbing them of personal possessions and their passports, reported Algeria’s Al-Khabar.

It was not clear what weapons were used in the assault.

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Abdelrahman Belaliya, who works at Algeria’s Al-Bilad TV channel, confirmed that the journalists worked at the Competition and DZ Foot websites, as well as the state-run Algeria Press Service.

He added that a bag containing money, a phone, and a computer was stolen.

The Africa Cup of Nations 33rd edition is expected to run from 9 January to 6 February.

Algeria is the defending champions which has led to huge media coverage of the tournament in the North African country.

Algeria recently won the 2021 FIFA Arab Cup and is considered one of the best teams in the region.