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Tunisian Lawmaker Escapes Assassination Bid

Tuesday, 02 Sep 2014 06:59 AM

A Tunisian parliamentarian has escaped an assassination attempt by "terrorists" in a tense region near the Algerian border, authorities said Tuesday.

The attack in Kasserine, where Tunisian security forces have been hunting an Al-Qaeda-linked group for a year and a half, came ahead of elections in the next two months seen as crucial to restoring stability.

Mohamed Ali Nasri, a member of Tunisia's Constituent National Assembly aligned with parties opposed to Islamists, "was the target of an attempted break-in by a terrorist group who tried unsuccessfully to assassinate him," the interior ministry said in a statement.

A sweep was launched to seek the would-be assassins, it said.

Nasri told local radio he was confronted by three men, at least one them masked and armed, late Monday after answering his door.

He jumped from a second-floor window to escape, landed on his neighbor's roof and broke his leg. Shots were fired for several minutes before he was able to call for help and taken to hospital.

Jihadists have carried out several daring attacks in the region, including an assault on the interior minister's home in May that killed four policemen.

Officials have warned of "terrorist threats" ahead of parliamentary elections on October 26 and the first round of a presidential poll on November 23 that are aimed at ending months of political crisis in the birthplace of the Arab Spring.

 

© AFP 2017

 
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