Tunisia ‘terror’ suspect killed, murder plot foiled

August 5, 2013 7:13 am
Tunisian special security forces stand guard in Tunis on February 8, 2013/AFP
Tunisian special security forces stand guard in Tunis on February 8, 2013/AFP

, TUNIS, August 5- Tunisia said security forces killed a “terror” suspect in a dawn raid Sunday and separately foiled a political assassination like the one that has plunged the country into crisis.

The announcements came after rival protests for and against the Islamist led coalition government, with the opposition demanding the resignation of the cabinet and the dissolution of the National Constituent Assembly.

The calls have mounted since the murder nearly two weeks ago of opposition MP Mohamed Brahmi, the second anti government politician gunned down in Tunis after Chokri Belaid was assassinated in February.

Officials have said the same gun was used in both killings and pointed the blame at jihadists.

On Sunday, Prime Minister Ali Larayedh announced the first arrest of a suspect in the Belaid case, without elaborating.

He also called for jihadist militants hiding out near the Algerian border to surrender.

“Hand over your arms, turn yourselves in to police, and then police and society will take that into account,” he said, quoted by state news agency TAP.

The interior ministry, meanwhile, said the dawn raid targeted a house in the southern Tunis suburb of Ouardia where a group of “key terror” suspects was hiding.

“One of the members of the group was eliminated in an exchange of fire, and four were arrested,” the ministry said in a statement.

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