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Lead Tunisia attack suspect killed

A leading suspect in the Tunisia museum attack in which 21 people died, including one British woman, has been killed in an anti-terrorist operation.

The country's prime minister, Habib Essid, was quoted by state news agency TAP saying that Khaled Chaieb, also known as Abou Sakhr Lokman, had been taken out overnight near the Algerian border.

Chaieb was 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 in Tunis.

Among the 21 victims were 17 cruise ship tourists, including British mother-of-two Sally Adey.

Mrs Adey, a 57-year-old solicitor from Shropshire, was on an excursion with her husband Robert - who was unharmed .

The couple were on a holiday cruise aboard the MSC Splendida, which docked at the port in Tunis on the day of the attack.

Two gunmen who carried out the atrocity were killed in a firefight with security forces, and the Islamic State group based in Iraq and Syria claimed the attack.


From Belfast Telegraph