Tunisia: Ennahdha accused of links with Salafi terrorists

By defence committee for opposition leaders' murders

02 October, 18:58

    (ANSAmed) - TUNIS, OCTOBER 2 - Governing Islamic party Ennahdha was accused Wednesday of being connected to the Salafi movement Ansar Al-Sharia, considered an illegal terrorist group by the Tunisian government. During a tense press conference, Taieb Aguili - a member of the defence committee for Chokri Belaid and Mohamed Brahmi, the two opposition leaders assassinated in recent months - presented documentation as evidence (footage and photographs) and said that Ansar Al-Sharia was behind both murders and many other acts of violence in the country. Ennahdha was accused of having solid links with the organisation, including during the organisational phase of other political assassinations. Aguili went on to say that the Tunisian Salafis are linked to a Libyan armed group under the command of Abdel Hakim Belhadj - considered to be "close" to Ennahdha - adding that three Ansar Al-Sharia members (Abou Iyadh, the head of the group; Kamel Kadhkadhi, who is accused of being the one to actually kill Belaid; and Mohamed Aouadi) had traveled to Libya several times to train in jihadist military camps. One of the highest-ranking members of Ennahdha, Samir Dilou, had vehemently denied being in contact with the Libyan Belhadj but a photograph has emerged in which he is seen alongside the alleged jihadist commander. There have been unconfirmed reports that Ennahdha called an emergency meeting of its political bureau after Aguili's press conference.(ANSAmed).

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