An interior ministry official has confirmed Tunisian police shot dead an Islamist militant on the outskirts of the capital. The killing happened on Tuesday night as the country grapples with the worst political crisis for two years.
The head of the Constituent Assembly has been working on a new constitution and electoral law but has suspended work until the Islamist-led government and secular opposition begin talks to resolve the political crisis.
There has been a surge in violence in the north African country. Gunmen killed eight Tunisian soldiers last week near the Algerian border.