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Mohammed Larbi Ben M'hidi
محمد العربي بن مهيدي

Ben M'hidi under arrest
Born 1923
Algeria , Aïn M'lila
Died 6 March 1957
Nationality Algerian

Mohammed Larbi Ben M'hidi (1923–1957) (Arabic: محمد العربي بن مهيدي‎) was a prominent Algerian leader during the war of independence. He was captured by French paratroopers in February 1957 while supervising the guerilla actions of the FLN in the Battle of Algiers and tortured and then executed by the French Special Services. His death under torture was announced on March 6, 1957. He is considered in Algeria as a National Hero.

General Paul Aussaresses admitted in 2000 the use of torture during the war and sought to justify it. He also recognized the assassination of lawyer Ali Boumendjel and of Larbi Ben M'Hidi [1]. General Bigeard said he had respect for Ben M'Hidi and that he regreted his death.


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