Assassin of Tunisian politician killed in shootout

BOUAZZA BEN BOUAZZA Associated Press Published:

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) -- Tunisia's interior minister says the assassin behind the death of a left-wing politician was among those killed in a shootout in a seaside suburb of the capital.

Lotfi Ben Jeddou said in a press conference Tuesday that four of the seven militants killed in the day-long operation have been identified, including Kamel Gadhgadhi, the suspected mastermind of last year's assassination.

Politician Chokri Belaid was gunned down in front of his home by a man on a moped on Feb. 6, 2013, plunging the country into a political crisis.

Ben Jeddou says two of the other slain militants were wanted in an ambush of soldiers last year.

The National Guard surrounded a house Monday afternoon, setting off a day-long standoff.

A policeman also died in the fighting.