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Politics 2013-02-03

Political violence escalates in Tunisia

Tunisia's Unified Democratic Patriots Party (PPDU) accused "mercenaries" hired by the ruling Ennahda party of carrying out an attack on a meeting of its members on Saturday (February 2nd) in El Kef, Tunisie Numerique reported.

Party chief Chokri Belaid told Shems FM that bearded salafists and Ennahda members were behind the attack and that a number of people were injured in the clashes before the intervention of the security services.

In related news, forty men armed with sticks and other weapons tried to ransack a Tunis office of opposition party Nidaa Tounes late on Saturday. Some twenty young supporters of the party repelled the attack.

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