Woman killed as Tunisia troops fire to halt fight

By REUTERS
September 2, 2011 17:28

 
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TUNIS - A young woman was killed and several people were wounded in Tunisia overnight when soldiers opened fire to break up street fighting that involved hundreds of people in a provincial town, residents and officials said on Friday.

Crowds angered by the bloodshed then set fire to a police station, buses and a hospital in Sbeitla, 200 km (130 miles) southwest of Tunis, local people said.

The reasons for the initial clashes were unclear, though some residents blamed supporters of deposed president Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali for trying to destablise the country ahead of elections to a constitutional assembly in late October.

The accusation has been a common one to explain a rise in violent incidents in the once heavily policed country since Ben Ali fled in January. He was overthrown by an uprising that began in Sidi Bouzid, a city 40 km (25 miles) from Sbeitla.

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