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Tunisia lawmaker escapes assassination bid

There was no immediate comment on the incident from the interior ministry, whose spokesman was unavailable

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An official from Tunisia’s main political party said he escaped an assassination bid unharmed while driving to work in the coastal city of Sousse on Thursday, AFP reported.

“At around 9:45, on my way to work, a car on the road shot at me,” Ridha Charfeddine, who survived without injury, told the radio station Jawhara FM.

“I wasn’t able to see the shooter sitting in the back seat,” added the legislator with Nidaa Tounes, the anti-Islamist party of President Beji Caid Essebsi.

“It’s a miracle that I’m still alive,” said Charfeddine, who is also president of a first division football club, Etoile Sportive de Sahel.

There was no immediate comment on the incident from the interior ministry, whose spokesman was unavailable to AFP.

The news comes after a source from the justice ministry told Al Arabiya News that authorities opened a probe after a controversial television producer and presenter who said he had “revelations” about the assassinations of three opposition politicians in 2013, and attacks on a Tunis museum and seaside resort earlier this year which killed dozens.

Ben Gharbia said in his video that he fled Tunisia to Switzerland, and claimed that he too had been the target of “attempted murder” a week ago because of information in his possession.

In 2013, Tunisia was shaken when left-wing opposition figures Chokri Belaid and Mohamed Brahmi were shot dead in front of their homes.

The authorities blamed jihadists for both murders. In December, extremists linked to the Islamic State jihadist group said it carried out the assassinations.

The group also claimed responsibility for the beach massacre last June in Sousse where a jihadist gunman killed 38 foreign tourists.

(With AFP)