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Tunisian deputy survives assassination attempt


A
deputy in Tunisia’s transitional parliament survived an assassination
attempt in the city of Kasserine, near the Algerian border, where
security forces have been hunting Islamist militants for months.

Mohamed Ali Nasri told reporters in hospital that about five gunmen
attacked his house late on Monday. He threw himself from the roof and
hid in a neighbour’s home, suffering a broken leg but no bullet wounds.

His family and witnesses in Kasserine confirmed the assassination attempt.

The attack comes as the small North African state attempts to
establish full democracy, widely seen as a model for the region. Tunisia
holds its first free parliamentary elections on Oct. 26 after
parliament adopted a new constitution this year.

Protests in Tunisia in 2010 sparked subsequent revolutions that have
transformed the Arab world and in many ways is more stable and secure
than other Arab Spring countries such as Libya, Egypt and Syria.

But it is facing a militant threat of its own, mostly due to attacks
mounted by the al Qaeda offshoot Ansar al-Sharia and to a flow of
fighters and weapons unleashed by other conflicts in the region.

The assassination of two secular opposition leaders last year by
militant Islamist gunmen triggered a political crisis and forced the
Islamist party Ennahda to cede power to a non-partisan government.

At least 15 soldiers were killed in attacks on military checkpoints in the area in July.

“There is a serious terrorist threat in Tunisia … to disrupt the
elections and derail the young democracy,” Interior Minister Lotfi Ben
Jedou said last week.

Since April, thousands of troops have been deployed in Tunisia’s
mountainous Chaambi region on the border with Algeria, where fighters
fleeing a French military intervention in Mali last year have taken
refuge.

Underscoring its concern about security, Washington announced last
month that it planned to sell Tunisia a dozen Black Hawk attack
helicopters worth an estimated $700 million.

Reuters

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