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Key suspect in Tunisia museum attack killed

Tunisia’s Prime Minister Habib Essid.  

Tunisia’s Prime Minister Habib Essid said on Sunday a key suspect in a deadly museum attack on foreign tourists has been killed in anti-terrorist operations, as tens of thousands of Tunisians marched through the capital to denounce extremist violence.

State news agency TAP cited Mr. Essid as saying that Khaled Chaieb, also known as Abou Sakhr Lokman, was killed overnight in an operation in the Gafsa region near the Algerian border.

Chaieb is believed to be a prominent militant in al-Qaeda’s North African arm, and suspected of leading or helping lead the March 18 attack on the National Bardo Museum.

Twenty-two people, mainly foreigners, and two gunmen were killed in the attack.

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