URGENT ¥¥¥ US 'strongly condemns' killing of Tunisia opposition leader

The United States on Wednesday denounced the killing of prominent Tunisian opposition figure Chokri Belaid, describing it as an "outrageous and cowardly act."

"The United States strongly condemns this morning's assassination of Chokri Belaid, a Tunisian political party leader and a prominent opposition figure under the (Zine El Abidine) Ben Ali regime," the embassy in Tunis said.

"There is no justification for this outrageous and cowardly act, and political violence has no place in Tunisia's democratic transition," it added.