Tunisia: Islamist party condemns slaying of priest

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
February 20, 2011 02:19

TUNIS, Tunisia — The Tunisian government and a long-banned Islamist party both denounced the grisly slaying of a Roman Catholic priest, the first deadly attack on a member of religious minority since last month's ouster of this country's longtime autocratic leader.

The 34-year-old Polish priest, Marek Marius Rybinski, was found on Friday with his throat slit and stab wounds in the parking lot of the religious school in the Tunis suburb of Manouma.

The Interior Ministry said Saturday the killing appeared to be the work of a "group of extremist terrorist fascists," judging by the way it was carried out, and vowed that those responsible for the "odious crime" would be severely punished.


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