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Tunisia: Opposition leader killed, probably by Islamic extremists

July 26, 2013

Because nobody else could be quite so vicious and brutal.

Just five months after a similar assassination plunged the country into crisis, two gunmen shot Mohammed Brahmi, leader of the Popular Current party, in his car outside his home…

Protesters immediately blamed the latest killing on the government. Soon after news broke, crowds gathered outside the Interior Ministry in the heart of Tunis calling for its downfall…

There were no immediate claims of responsibility for Brahmi’s killing. The two attackers sped off on a moped, according to a neighbor cited by the state news agency. Local media reported Brahmi was shot 11 times and his daughter witnessed his killing…

Many members of Belaid’s party hold the government responsible for his assassination, believing it either turned a blind eye to Islamist extremists or actively used them to target their opponents. The government has blamed Belaid’s assassination on Islamist militants and said that six suspects are still on the run and their names will soon be revealed.

The Washington Post

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