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Suspect arrested in murder of Tunisian MP

Tunisian security forces arrested a suspect in the murder of opposition politician Mohamed Brahmi after a fierce gunbattle during an overnight raid on a militant hideout, the interior ministry's spokesman said Sunday. Brahimi was the second of two opposition politicians to have been assassinated last year by suspected jihadists as Islamist violence rocked the North African country, which was the birthplace of the Arab Spring revolutions in 2011.

Suspect arrested in murder of Tunisian MP

Tunisian security forces engaged in a gunbattle overnight Saturday as they arrested a suspect in last July's murder of opposition politician Mohamed Brahmi, the interior ministry's spokesman said. Brahimi was the second of two opposition politicians to have been assassinated last year by suspected jihadists as Islamist violence rocked the North African country, which was the birthplace of the Arab Spring revolutions in 2011.

Suspect arrested in murder of Tunisian MP

Tunisian security forces engaged in a gunbattle overnight Saturday as they arrested a suspect in last July's murder of opposition politician Mohamed Brahmi, the interior ministry's spokesman said. Brahimi was the second of two opposition politicians to have been assassinated last year by suspected jihadists as Islamist violence rocked the North African country, which was the birthplace of the Arab Spring revolutions in 2011.

Suspected assassin of Tunisia's Belaid killed

The suspected assassin of prominent Tunisian opposition figure Chokri Belaid, whose death almost exactly a year ago triggered a major political crisis, has been killed, the interior minister said Tuesday. The National Guard killed "seven heavily-armed terrorists. Some of them have been identified ... Kamel Gadhgadhi was found to be among them," Lotfi Ben Jeddou told reporters, referring to Chokri's alleged killer. kl-iba/sma/jk

Thousands escort body of slain Tunisia opposition leader

Thousands of supporters of Mohamed Brahmi followed the body of the slain Tunisian opposition leader under armed escort on Saturday ahead of his burial, an AFP correspondent reported. Wrapped in the red and white Tunisian flag, Brahmi's coffin left his home in the Tunis neighbourhood of Ariana shortly before 10:00 am (0900 GMT) en route to El-Jellaz cemetery. The supporters of Brahmi, who included members of his family, took part in the procession, in the absence of representatives of the government led by the Islamist Ennahda party.

Daughter recounts Brahmi murder in Tunisia

A teenage daughter of Tunisian politician Mohamed Brahmi who was gunned down in broad daylight recounted Friday how he was slain by two men in black T-shirts on a scooter. "At around midday, we heard gunfire and my father crying with pain. We rushed out -- my brother, mother and I -- to find his body riddled with bullets at the wheel of his car parked in front of the house," a red-eyed Balkis Brahmi told AFP.

Daughter recounts Brahmi murder in Tunisia

A teenage daughter of Tunisian politician Mohamed Brahmi who was gunned down in broad daylight recounted Friday how he was slain by two men in black T-shirts on a scooter. "At around midday, we heard gunfire and my father crying with pain. We rushed out -- my brother, mother and I -- to find his body riddled with bullets at the wheel of his car parked in front of the house," a red-eyed Balkis Brahmi told AFP.

Same gun used in Tunisia assassinations

Tunisian opposition figure Mohamed Brahmi was gunned down with the same weapon used to kill another opposition politician earlier this year, Interior Minister Lotfi Ben Jeddou said on Friday. Brahmi was killed with the same weapon used to murder Chokri Belaid in February, he told a news briefing. "The gun used to kill Mohamed Brahmi is the same as that used to kill Chokri Belaid," six months earlier, he said. Ben Jeddou said the main suspect in the Brahmi killing was a member of the radical Sunni Muslim Salafist movement.

Salafist behind Tunisia assassination

The assassination of Tunisian opposition figure Mohamed Brahmi was the work of a member of the radical Sunni Muslim Salafist movement, Interior Minister Lotfi Ben Jeddou said on Friday. "The first elements of the investigation show the implication of Boubaker Hakim, a Salafist extremist," he told a press conference, a day after Brahmi was gunned down outside his home near Tunis by two gunmen on a motorcycle.

Tunisia opposition chiefs killed with same gun

Tunisian Interior Minister Lotfi Ben Jeddou said Friday that opposition figures Mohamed Brahmi and Chokri Belaid were gunned down with the same weapon. "The gun used to kill Mohamed Brahmi (on Thursday) is the same as that used to kill Chokri Belaid" six months earlier, he told a press briefing. ms-kl-bsh/hc/bpz
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