Tunisian police arrest over 600 people following curfew

08:53, May 11, 2011      

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The Tunisian security forces have arrested more than 600 individuals implicated in various crimes since a curfew was imposed in the capital Tunis days ago, the state-run press agency TAP reported Tuesday.

A total of 629 people have been arrested for involvement in crimes such as robbery, assault and destruction of public and private property. Most of the arrests took place after the announcement of a dawn-to-dust curfew over the greater Tunis area on Saturday, TAP quoted a communique released by the Tunisian interior ministry as saying.

During the night from Monday to Tuesday, some 197 people were arrested on charges of robbery and assault, and 50 security officers were injured during the incidents, according to the communique.

The Tunisian authorities imposed a curfew from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. since Saturday, following a number of incidents of looting and arson.

In an interview with a Tunisian television on Sunday, Tunisian interim Prime Minister Beji Caid Essebsi blamed secret forces, without elaborating, for being behind the latest insecurity.

At least 4 people were killed in the acts of violence that plagued the capital during the weekend and on Monday. Most of the violence took place in the Ettadhamen district in western Tunis.

Security measures have been stepped up as the army and police patrols established roadblocks and check points in several areas of the capital.

Source: Xinhua
 
 
     
 
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