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Published: Sunday, 2/9/2014

In midnight attack, Tunisian forces arrest 4, including suspect in political assassination

ASSOCIATED PRESS

TUNIS, Tunisia  — Tunisia’s government says the suspect in the July 25 assassination of an opposition politician is among four men arrested in an overnight counterterrorism raid.

The Interior Ministry statement Sunday described the men as “dangerous terrorists” and identified one as Ahmed Melki, known as the “Somali” who is wanted in connected with the assassination of Mohammed Brahmi, a left-wing parliamentarian whose slaying last summer provoked a political crisis.

One of the suspects was described as severely wounded after being shot in the face. Three policemen were wounded in the gunbattle.

Last week, Tunisian forces stormed the house of a suspect in the February slaying of another left-wing politician, Chokri Belaid. All seven militants in the house were killed.

Tunisia has been battling al-Qaida linked extremists since its 2011 revolution.



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