– SECOND TUNISIAN OPPOSITION LEADER, MOHAMED BRAHMI, ASSASSINATED.
Mohamed Brahmi, Tunisia’s opposition politician, has been shot dead in Tunis in front of his house in Ariana, on Thursday 07/25/2013 morning.
It was not yet clear who had assassinated Mohamed Brahmi, who was also a member of parliament. Mohamed Brahmi was from the People Movement party, part of the same coalition as Chokri Belaid, a prominent secular politician who was assassinated in February 2013 (see – Belaid’s assassination ). “He was riddled with bullets in front of his wife and children,” Mohsen Nabti, a fellow member of the small leftist movement, said in a tearful account on Tunisian radio.
On Wednesday, Noureddin B’Hiri, senior adviser to the prime minister, said that six people believed to have orchestrated Belaid’s killing had been identified. “We have identified the sponsors and the authors of the assassination of Chokri Belaid,” B’Hiri said after a cabinet meeting.
The interior ministry blamed the killing of Belaid, who was an outspoken critic of Jebali’s ruling Ennahda party, on a cell of “radical Islamists”. In April, the government released the photos and names of five suspects and appealed for help in arresting them.
Since the Jasmine Revolution that toppled the regime of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in January 2011, “hardline Islamists” have been blamed for numerous acts of violence, notably an attack on the US embassy last September that left four assailants dead and the killing of Belaid.
* In a live broadcast, on Friday 07/26/2013, interior minister Ben Jeddou said that Mohamed Brahmi was killed with the same gun as fellow leftist Chokri Belaid and that a Salafist is one of the main suspects involved in the killing. Investigations pointed to Boubaker el-Hakim (pic), a Salafist radical already being sought on suspicion of smuggling weapons from Libya, as the main suspect, he said.
Mr Larayedh also said the group was supporting an armed jihadist cell which the Tunisian army has been hunting for months in the remote Mount Chaambi region along the Algerian border.
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