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Tunisia ruling Islamist party's office in Kef torched

The office of Tunisia's ruling Ennahda is located just metres from the family home of one of six policemen killed in a firefight with suspected jihadists

AFP , Thursday 24 Oct 2013
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Protesters on Thursday torched the office of Tunisia's ruling Islamists in the town of Kef, where a policeman killed in fighting with suspected jihadists was to be buried, an AFP photographer reported.

The walls of the building were burned and equipment inside it destroyed, with witnesses saying protesters had ransacked the office in the morning.

The remains of charred documents and tyres were strewn in the road outside the building, occupied on the second floor by the ruling Ennahda movement.

The office is located just metres (yards) from the family home of one of six policemen killed on Wednesday in a firefight with suspected jihadists.

President Moncef Marzouki has declared three days of national mourning for the men but their families have barred officials from attending the funerals.

"We have rejected plans by the government, the politicians to pay homage... We reject their condolences, their presence," said Jamel Salhi, the brother of one of the victims, in the central region of Sidi Bouzid.

The country's political transition has been paralysed for months, with the opposition accusing the Ennahda-led government of laxity in reining in jihadist groups.

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