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Tunisia says CIA warned of politician murder

20 September 2013, 09:42

Tunis - Tunisia says it was warned by the CIA of a planned attack against a lawmaker whose assassination in July plunged the country into a political crisis, but said there were failures in the Tunisian security services' response.

Opposition politician Mohammed Brahmi, gunned down outside his house, was the second such assassination in six months.

Tunisia's interior minister told lawmakers on Thursday the CIA informed authorities Brahmi was a target and said there'd been a "failure" in the security services' response. He announced an investigation had been opened.

In the US, the CIA declined comment on Thursday evening.

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence didn't immediately respond to requests for comment.

Brahmi's assassination pressured Tunisia's troubled Islamist-led coalition government, which came to power after the Arab Spring, but is struggling to rein in extremists.

- AP


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