Radical Tunisian cleric evades arrest

Conservative cleric, wanted over violent protests at US embassy, manages to escape from police cordon.

    A conservative cleric, wanted over violent protests at the US embassy in Tunisia, has managed to escape from a police cordon.

    Abu Ayadh has been blamed for encouraging last week's riot outside the compound in Tunis, which was in reaction to the anti-Islam video.

    He took refuge in one of the city's main mosques, which was surrounded by hundreds of his followers.

    Ayadh is part of an ultra-conservative Muslim group known as Salafists, whose influence has been growing in post-revolution Tunisia.

    Nazanine Moshiri reports from Tunis.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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