A leading suspect in the deadly museum attack on foreign tourists in Tunisia has been killed in anti-terrorist operations, the country’s prime minister says.
Prime Minister Habib Essid said Khaled Chaieb, also known as Abou Sakhr Lokman, was killed in an operation in the Gafsa region near the Algerian border, State news agency TAP reported.
Chaieb was believed to have been a prominent militant in al-Qaida’s North African arm, and was 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.
A total of nine terrorist suspects were killed ahead of a national march to denounce extremist violence.
Interior Ministry spokesman Ali Aroui said security forces clashed with the suspects in the south west region of Sidi Aich, near the Algerian border.