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Tunis mosque beseiged in protest arrest attempt

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Tunisian security forces have surrounded a mosque to arrest the leader of an islamic group accused of being involved in violent protests at the US embassy.

Said-Allah Benahssine heads Tunisia’s branch of Ansar al-Sharia, the organisation suspected of carrying out the Benghazi consulate attack, during which four US diplomats were killed in Libya last Tuesday.

The Salafist leader, who also goes by the name of Abu Iyadh, is holed up inside a Tunis mosque and denies taking part in the protests, during which two people died and 29 were injured.

Riot police, military and anti-terrorism officers cordoned off the building.