It has been revealed that an opposition politician assassinated in Tunisia was shot with the same gun used to kill the opposition party leader earlier this year.
Mohammed Brahmi was gunned down by two men on a moped outside his home, in front of his wife and young daughter, on Thursday.
Tunisia’s Interior Ministry confirmed that the bullets used in the attack came from the same handgun that killed party leader Chokri Belaid in February and that a radical Islamist group was being blamed.
Interior Minister spokesperson Lotfi Ben Jeddou said: “The investigation has revealed that the gun used to kill Mohamed Brahmi, a 9mm gun, is the same weapon that killed the martyr Choukri Belaid. The first elements of the investigation showed that the author of these murders is Boubakar Hakim, a member of the extremist Salafist movement operating in Tunisia.”
Brahmi’s death sparked protests across the country and calls for a national strike. All flights to and from Tunisia were cancelled.
Brahmi was a vocal critic of Ennahda, the moderate Islamist party which became part of the government after the overthrow of former leader Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali in 201.
The funeral had been due to be held on Friday but was postponed in case it inflamed the protests. It will now be held on Saturday.