Tunisia: Union officials say 11 dead in rioting

January 9, 2011 17:56


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TUNIS, Tunisia — Union officials in three Tunisian towns say at least 11 people have died in clashes with security forces in new rioting in the North African country where unrest is in its fourth week.

The Interior Ministry has confirmed that at least two people died in the western town of Thala. Union official Belgacem Saihi told The Associated Press that up to five people had died there.

In nearby Kasserine, union official Amor Mhamdi said three people were shot to death Saturday night as protesters attacked public buildings. Kamel Laabidi, a union official in Regueb, reported three people killed there. Regueb is near Sidi Bouzaid, the central-western town where riots over joblessness started Dec. 17.

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