Top Tunisian militant killed while fighting in Libya

By REUTERS
March 17, 2015 19:27

 
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TUNIS - One of Tunisia's most wanted men, a senior commander of Islamic State militants in Libya, has been killed fighting with Libyan forces near the city of Sirte, Tunisian security sources said on Tuesday.

The death of Tunisian militant Ahmed Rouissi, who was fighting in Libya's Islamic State ranks, confirms the growing importance of foreign fighters in the Libyan conflict, where two rival governments and armed forces battle for control.

"According to the information we have, we can say Rouissi has been killed in the most recent fighting in Sirte," a Tunisian security source said.

Rouissi was a top member of Tunisia's Ansar al-Sharia extremist group branded as terrorists by Washington.

Tunisian officials believe he was the mastermind in the murders of two Tunisian opposition leaders in 2013 that plunged the country into crisis.


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