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Senior Islamist militant confirmed dead after police raid in Tunisia


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Senior Islamist militant confirmed dead after police raid in Tunisia

Tunisia’s Interior Ministry has confirmed the death of Kamel Ghadghadi, a senior member of Tunisia’s banned Islamist group Ansar al-Sharia.

He was killed alongside six other militants during a police raid on a house in the capital. One policeman also died in the battle.

Gadhgadhi was suspected of assassinating two prominent Tunisian opposition figures – Chokri Belaid and Mohamed Brahmi – in February 2013.

The raid signifies a victory for the country’s security forces and their campaign to bring down Islamist militants.

Tunisia’s Interior Minister, Lofti Ben Jeddou, confirmed Ghadghadi’s death.

“We found out that among these terrorists was Kamel Gadhgadhi and this was confirmed scientifically,” he said. “Kamel Gadhgadhi, who committed the crime of the political assassination of Chokri Belaid.”

The assassination of the two left-wing politicians provoked an even greater crackdown on militant groups within Tunisia, culminating in Tuesday’s raid.

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