Senior leader of Tunisian Qaeda-linked group killed

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TUNIS: A senior leader of an Al-Qaeda-linked jihadist group that has been blamed for a spate of violence in Tunisia was among five militants killed by security forces in a recent raid, an official said. “The DNA test just confirmed that Mourad Gharsalli was shot dead on Friday,” presidential spokesman Moez Sinaoui wrote in a post on his Twitter account.

The interior ministry had previously said that five “terrorists” were gunned down on Friday in the central region of Gafsa. Gharsalli, a 32-year-old Tunisian, was one of the leaders of the Okba Ibn Nafaa Brigades, the country’s main jihadist group and one the authorities have accused of being behind several recent attacks.

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