Amid peace march, Tunisia announces suspected Bardo attack leader killed

As tens of thousands of Tunisians marched against extremism, authorities said the leader of a group suspected of carrying out the attack on tourists at the Bardo Museum had been killed in an anti-terrorist operation.

Tunisian Prime Minister Habib Essid announced Sunday that Abou Sakhr Lokman, one of the leading suspects in the Tunis museum attack, was killed in an operation in the Gafsa region near Tunisian’s Algerian border on Saturday night.

Lokman is believed to be a prominent militant active in al Qaeda’s North African arm and is being held responsible by Tunisian authorities for the deaths of 22 people, including many foreign tourists and two gunmen, in the March 18 attack on the National Bardo Museum in Tunis.

Just before Essid made the announcement, a march had begun from central Tunis to the Bardo Museum. The three-kilometer march, protected by hundreds of security, was to be joined by world leaders, among them French President Francois Hollande.
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