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    A Tunisian police car patrols in front of the Riu Imperial Marhaba Hotel in Port el Kantaoui, on the outskirts of Sousse south of the capital Tunis, on June 27, 2015

    Senior Leader of Tunisian Qaeda-Linked Group Shot Dead

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    Al-Qaeda-linked jihadist group, blamed for a series of attacks, lost its senior leader amid recent raid of Tunisian security forces.

    Tunisian presidential spokesman Moez Sinaoui stated "The DNA test just confirmed that Mourad Gharsalli was shot dead yesterday (Friday)."

    Previously Tunisia's Interior Ministry said that the "terrorists" were gunned down in the central region of Gafsa on Friday.

    Mourad Gharsalli (32), one of the five killed militants, was a member of the Okba Ibn Nafaa Brigades, the Tunisian main jihadist group accused by officials for several terrorist attacks in the country.

    Tunisia has experienced radical Islam since president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali was ousted in a 2011 revolution.

    The recent assault on the Sousse hotel followed a deadly terrorist attack on the Tunis Bardo National Museum in March 2015, which resulted in the death of 24 people, including two of the three gunmen, who were militants of the Okba Ibn Nafaa Brigades group, authorities claimed.

    The Islamic State militant group claimed responsibility for that attack.

    Dozens of lives have been claimed since jihadist attacks in Tunisia.

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