Tunisian government opposition member Mohammad al-Brahimi was shot dead on Thursday, political sources and the local radio reported.
“Mohammad al-Brahimi, general coordinator of Popular Movement and member of the National Constituent Assembly, was shot dead outside his home,” state television and the official TAP news agency reported.
“He was riddled with bullets in front of his wife and children,” Mohsen Nabti, a fellow member of the small leftist movement, told Tunisian radio.
According to preliminary reports, Brahimi was shot 11 times in front of his home in the al-Ghazala neighborhood in Tunis.
Reuters reported that thousands of people headed towards the Interior Ministery in the Tunisian capital to protest the killing of the opposition figure. It added that thousands are protesting in Sidi Bouzid, the birthplace of the Tunisian revolution, which sparked the Arab Spring.
Meanwhile, the state media reported that Friday will be a national day of mourning.
Another secular politician, Chokri Belaid, was killed around six months ago. His assassination led to protests across Tunisia.
(With AFP, Reuters)