Contradictory reports have emerged regarding a potential attempt to assassinate the Minister of the Interior.
According to MosaiqueFM, Interior Minister, Hedi Mejdoub escaped an attack while visiting his family in Kelibia yesterday. However, other sources have disputed accounts of the attempt, with Jawhara FM quoted the official spokesperson for the ministry, Yasser Mosbah, yesterday as denying that any attempt had been made on the life of the Minister.
Another of the country’s leading news outlets, Shems FM appeared to support the suggestion that an attack had taken place, but only referred to a, ‘high ranking government official’.
Contacted by Tunisia Live, a Ministry of Interior spokesperson refused to either confirm or deny that an attack had taken place and would only say that an investigation remains ongoing.
Amid the confusion, a spokesperson for the District Court of Tunis and Anti-terrorism Brigades Sofiène Sliti told TAP that a militant cell, composed of more than 62 members was behind an attack on a ‘high-ranking Tunisian government official’. Sliti also suggested that the same cell has plotted other failed attacks on state institutions in Tunis. While Sliti declined to name the target of the assassination attempt, many Tunisian news websites have suggested it was the Minister.
If correct, Mejdoub will not be the only Minister of the Interior to have been attacked in recent years. In May 2014, former Tunisian Minister of the Interior Lotfi Ben Jeddou escaped an attack by a group of armed men in his hometown of Ezzouhour City in Kasserine.
Rahma is preparing a master thesis in Anglo-American studies. She is interested in politics and foreign affairs. Since the outbreak of the Tunisian revolution, she volunteered for several Tunisian associations such as ATIDE, Sawty and others. She writes articles about post-revolution Tunisia.