Incident Summary:

02/06/2013: Assailants opened fire on Chokri Belaid outside of his private residence in Tunis city, Tunis, Tunisia. Belaid, the General Secretary for the Democratic Patriots party and the coordinator of the Popular Front Coalition, was killed in the assault. No group claimed responsibility; however, officials attributed the attack to Ansar al-Sharia.




Middle East & North Africa

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Assassination
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Democratic Patriots' Movement
Specific Description Secretary-General: Chokri Belaid
Nationality of Target Tunisia
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information The victim, Chokri Belaid, was critical of the Islamist-led government in Tunisia and served as a leader of the opposition party, the Democratic Patriots. Belaid's fellow party members blamed the attack on supporters of the Islamist Ennahda party. Representatives from the Ennahda party denied these claims. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) later claimed responsibility for the attack in December of 2014, even though the group was not established until two months after this incident.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Ansar al-Sharia (Tunisia) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Video claims responsibility for Tunisia killings," The Associated Press, December 18, 2014.
"Tunisia releases photos of politician's suspected assassin," Agence France Presse -- English, April 13, 2013.
"LEAD: Senior Tunisian opposition politician assassinated Eds: Adds details," dpa International Service in English, February 6, 2013.