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Tunisia protest: Man killed in army fire

2011-05-09 13:43

Tunis - A 25-year-old man was killed when troops opened fire to disperse stone-throwing protesters in fresh anti-government demonstrations in Tunisia at the weekend, a witness said on Monday.

Authorities have not said how many people were hurt in clashes that erupted despite a curfew imposed on Saturday after anti-government demonstrations that broke out on Thursday.

At a new protest on Sunday, soldiers fired warning shots at youths moving towards a police station in the Slimane suburb of the capital Tunis, said a senior official in the Democratic Labour Party who saw the incident.

"They then threw stones at a soldier and the army fired warning shots to disperse the youths," said the party co-ordinator, Abdallah Gasmi.

One of the bullets then hit Mahmoud El-Tounsi, 25, in the abdomen who later died of his wounds in hospital, said Gasmi.

The capital has been rocked by a series of protests against the transitional government installed following the January uprising that led to the fall of president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali after 23 years in power.

The interior ministry apologised on Friday after police broke up the protests using tear gas, truncheons and iron bars, attacking protesters and journalists covering the event indiscriminately.