TUNIS, Tunisia -- A Tunisian nationalist was shot to death at his home Thursday, the second assassination this year of an opposition figure in a country strained by the conflict between Islamist and secular political forces.
Mohammed Brahmi, a member of Parliament, was shot 11 times in front of his wife and daughter by gunmen on a motorbike, according to media reports. Brahmi served on the contentious panel that wrote Tunisia’s proposed constitution.
His death follows the assassination in February of Chokri Belaid, a passionate leftist and frequent critic of the country’s dominant Islamist party, Nahda. Belaid’s slaying led to days of nationwide protests that threatened Tunisia’s economic stability and forced a reshuffling of the government.
No one claimed immediate responsibility for the latest attack, which was similar to the shooting of Belaid.
Brahmi’s death is likely to renew criticism of Nahda for not reining in Islamic extremism in this North African country, which was the birthplace of the so-called Arab Spring uprisings in 2011.