Thursday 18 December 2014

Tunisia police launch manhunt for killer of politician

Tarek Amara

Published 26/02/2013 | 13:53

A woman chants slogans and holds pictures of assassinated leftist politician Chokri Belaid during a demonstration against the Islamist Ennahda movement in Tunis

Tunisian police have identified the killer of an opposition politician, whose assasination this month sparked protests across the country, and have begun a manhunt, Prime Minister-designate Ali Larayedh said today.

A security source said yesterday that an extremist Islamist had been arrested in connection with the killing of Chokri Belaid on Febuary 6 which ignited the biggest street protests since the overthrow of strongman Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali two years ago.

Larayedh told reporters that police had arrested three people belonging to the hardline Salafist movement. "Now we have identified the killer of Belaid and he is on the run. The police are looking for him," he said.


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