(AA) – A main suspect in the 2013 murder of two leading Tunisian opposition figures has been killed in clashes between Daesh militants and Islamist militias in northern Libya, sources close to his family said Monday.
The sources, requesting anonymity, told The Anadolu Agency that photos posted earlier Monday by a Daesh-affiliated website showing Ahmed al-Reweisi’s dead body were authentic.
“The photos definitely show Ahmed’s body,” one source told AA.
Earlier in the day, a website affiliated with Daesh’s branch in Libya posted news of al-Reweisi’s death, referring to him as “Abu Zakariya al-Tunsi” and describing him as a Daesh commander.
The statement said that al-Reweisi had “planned and participated” in the 2013 murder of Tunisian opposition leaders Chokri Belaid and Mohamed Brahmi.
It also hailed his role in “helping hundreds of [Tunisian] youths” to join Daesh in Libya.
According to the release, al-Reweisi was killed in clashes in Sirte with “the agents of American crusaders.”
Military sources told AA earlier that the photo posted was taken on Saturday during violent clashes between Islamist-led Dawn of Libya militias and Daesh militants in Sirte.
Tunisian authorities accuse al-Reweisi of involvement in the assassination of Belaid on Feb. 6, 2013, and of Brahmi on July 25 of the same year.
Tunisian security officials said that al-Reweisi had fled to Libya following the assassinations and oversaw a Daesh training camp, from which he sent dozens of militants to the group’s branch in Syria.