Four Killed By Armed Group: Tunisia Ministry

A member of a special unit of the Tunisian National Guard stands near a building in the Tunis suburb of Raoued on February 4, 2014 (AFP/File, Fethi Belaid) AFP Gunmen who set up a roadblock in western Tunisia shot dead two people in a car they stopped and two policemen who later sped to the scene, the interior ministry said Sunday. The killings occurred during the night in the Jendouba area, the ministry said in a statement. Tunisia has been wracked by violence blamed on jihadist groups since the January 2011 Arab Spring revolution that ousted long-time dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. The statement said a National Guard patrol was sent to investigate reports that a civilian and a prison warden had been shot dead by an armed group at a roadblock set up by armed men in Jendouba. On their arrival at the scene, four terrorists opened fire, killing two policemen and wounding another two, it said. Security operations were under way to track down the armed group, the ministry said, without giving details. Related posts: visit

Protest in Tunisia against terrorism

"Tunisia is free, terrorism out," and "Faithful to our martyrs," were among the slogans chanted by the protesters outside the governor's office in the town in northwestern Tunisia, before marching down the main street, an AFP journalist reported. Tunisia has been rocked by sporadic attacks blamed on militant jihadists since the 2011 revolution that toppled a decades-old dictatorship and touched off Arab Spring uprisings across the region. The protesters expressed their support for the security forces, stopping before two police posts, chanting the national anthem and shouting "we are with you." On Saturday, a group of armed men who had set up a roadblock in the Jendouba area, some 40km from the Algerian border, shot dead a civilian and a prison warden as their car approached, the interior ministry said. When a National Guard patrol was sent to investigate, the militants again opened fire, killing two policemen and wounding another two. The armed group consisted of three Tunisians and two Algerians, according to the police. Much of the deadly violence witnessed in Tunisia since the January 2011 uprising has been blamed on Ansar al-Sharia, a hardline Salafist movement accused of having links to al-Qaeda. The government has said Ansar al-Sharia was behind the separate assassinations last year of two secular politicians, killings that plunged Tunisia into political turmoil, but the group never claimed responsibility for those or any other attacks. For more than a year, the security forces have been battling Islamist militants hiding out in the remote border regions of western Tunisia, notably in the Chaambi mountains. visit

Dont Fear Us, Tunisia Islamists Tell West

According to opinion polls, Ennahda is expected to emerge the biggest winner in the elections, thanks to its public profile and biggest support network. Watching Tunisias elections closely, Western powers and governments in other Arab states were worried that democratically elected Islamists might impose strict laws and turn their back on Western allies. Dispelling the fears, Ghannouchi denied an allegation by his critics that he presents a moderate image in public but that once in power his party's hardline character will emerge. Ennahda party declared earlier its support for the Code of Personal Status introduced in 1956 that abolished polygamy and repudiation instead of formal divorce. Yet, women's equality and liberal moral attitudes were seen by many Tunisians as a litmus test of how news tolerant Ennahda will be if it gains power. "The values of modernity and women's freedom began with the first president of Tunisia, Habib Bourguiba," Ghannouchi said at his party headquarters, where many of the staff are women. visit