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Tunisian opposition leader killed

25 July 2013, 18:09

Tunisia - Mohamed Brahmi, a senior Tunisian opposition figure, was assassinated in central Tunis on Thursday in an attack by unknown militants, officials said.

According to witnesses, the Brahmi, secretary-general of the People 's Movement Party, was shot in front of his home and died in a hospital from multiple gunshot wounds around.

The gunmen reportedly fled the scene on a motorbike, witnesses said.

A large crowd of people went to the Brahmi's home to pay tribute to the slain politician, including leading political figures and fellow party members as they expressed their shock at the assassination.

The death of Brahmi, also a member of the National Constituent Assembly, came as the country celebrates the 56th anniversary of its republic declaration.

It also came about half a year after Chokri Belaid, another opposition figure and leader of Tunisia's left wing National Front coalition, was killed in early February.

Belaid's death sparked one of the country's most serious political crises in history, prompting the resignation of the government of former Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali and the nomination of a cabinet composed of technocrats.

Brahmi's People's Movement Party joined Belaid's Popular Front party a few months ago.


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