Tunisia’s Islamist premier Ali Larayedh (pictured) said Tuesday that Ansar al-Sharia was behind the assassinations of secular opposition leaders Chokri Belaid and Mohamed Brahmi and said the group will now be classified as a terrorist organisation.
Tunisia has declared Ansar al-Sharia a terrorist organisation after obtaining proof it killed two secular politicians and several soldiers, Prime Minister Ali Larayedh said on Tuesday.
Ansar al-Sharia is the most radical Islamist group to emerge in Tunisia since secular autocrat Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali was toppled in 2011. Its attacks have posed a challenge to the authority of the moderate Islamist-led government.
“We have discovered proof that the Ansar group is responsible for the assassinations of Chokri Belaid and Mohamed Brahmi and the attacks at Mount Chaambi,” Larayedh told reporters.
“We have decided to officially classify this group as a terrorist group. Anyone belonging to it must face judicial consequences,” he said.