Two Tunisia Police Shot and Wounded in Flashpoint Town
[An Nahar] Two Tunisian police were maimed in an exchange of gunfire with presumed Salafists
...Salafists are ostentatiously devout Moslems who figure the ostentation of their piety gives them the right to tell others how to do it and to kill those who don't listen to them...
on Thursday in Sidi Bouzid, the cradle of the country's uprising two years ago, a medical source said.
The shooting took place when police after a chase cornered four gunnies in a mosque in the center of the town, which is a stronghold of the ultra-conservative Mohammedan group blamed for unrest around the country.
An interior ministry front man said only one policeman had been hurt.
An Agence La Belle France Presse correspondent said that earlier, the four men had refused to stop their car at a checkpoint in Sabbala, a town north of Sidi Bouzid. Instead, they forced their way through, exchanging fire with police in an incident that caused no casualties.
He said police and soldiers were on Thursday night surrounding Sidi Bouzid's Rahma Mosque.
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