Tunisia to probe Mahdi Organization for links to Nice attack, says state media

A Police vehicle is parked by the Notre-Dame de l'Assomption Basilica in Nice on October 29, 2020. (AFP)

Tunisian authorities have authorized an investigation into whether a group called the Mahdi Organization exists and carried out the Nice attack, based on social media claims of responsibility, state news agency TAP reported on Friday.

The public prosecutor’s office of the judiciary’s anti-terrorism court has delegated a specialized security unit to carry out the investigation, TAP reported.

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It will seek to learn whether the Mahdi organization exists and the veracity of claims made on social media that it was behind Thursday’s attack in the French city, it reported.

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The suspect in the attack, in which an assailant shouting “Allahu Akbar” (God is Greatest) beheaded a woman and killed two other people in a church, is Brahim Aouissaoui, a 21-year old Tunisian who had recently emigrated to Europe.

Last Update: Friday, 30 October 2020 KSA 16:16 - GMT 13:16