Top Tunisian assassination suspect killed in raid

The man suspected of being behind the murders of Tunisian opposition politicians Chokri Belaid and Mohamed Brahmi was among those killed during a military offensive last week.

Top Tunisian assassination suspect killed in raid

World Bulletin / News Desk

The man suspected of being behind the murders of Tunisian opposition politicians Chokri Belaid and Mohamed Brahmi was among those killed during a military offensive on 19 October in Beja.

Lotfi Ezzine, along with other suspects, were believed to be plotting the assassination of more politicians, officials and activists.

"Security and military forces killed nine terrorists and arrested four others, while two escaped," Tunisian Interior Ministry spokesperson Mohammed Ali Aroui said in a press conference on Saturday.

Lotfi Ezzine had been sentenced to life in prison before the revolution which ousted former leader Zine Al Abidine Ben Ali for terrorist offences in the city of Soliman, but was later pardoned after Ben Ali stepped down.

The killings of the opposition leaders led to mass protests against Tunisia's new ruling Annahda Party, with some blaming them directly for the murders.

Last Mod: 23 Ekim 2013, 14:49
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