Teen killed in violence in still-unstable Tunisia

AP News
Posted: Sep 02, 2011 11:54 AM
Teen killed in violence in still-unstable Tunisia

Tunisia's state news agency says a teenage girl has died and four people have been injured during a melee between police and marauding youths _ a sign of continuing instability in the nation after its pro-democracy revolution.

TAP agency on Friday cites an unidentified Interior Ministry official as saying youths pillaged in the central town of Sbeitla overnight, setting fire to a police station and a train station, and ransacking a local hospital.

Police and soldiers moved in and fired warning shots _ sparking a stampede in which the 17-year-old girl died and the others were injured.

The self-immolation and death of a street vendor in the nearby town of Sizi Bouzid last year sparked street protests that eventually drove longtime President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali from power in January _ the first in a wave of popular upheaval across the Arab world.