TUNIS – Radical Salafist Muslims murdered Tunisian opposition leader Chokri Belaid, Interior Minister Ali Larayedh said Tuesday, and though four suspects have been arrested and the killer identified, he is still on the run.
The breakthrough comes as Larayedh, named as prime minister-designate, presses efforts to form a new government aimed at pulling Tunisia out of a deep political crisis sparked by the Feb. 6 killing of Belaid outside his home in Tunis.
“The killer has been identified and is being chased,” Larayedh told a news conference. “Four other suspects have been arrested. They are Tunisians and belong to a radical religious strand . . . which we refer to as the Salafist movement.” One of the suspects, he added, “confessed to having accompanied the killer on the day of the crime.”