Special Report: The middle-class Islamists behind Tunisia's museum attack




 
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May 17th, 2015  
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Topic: Special Report: The middle-class Islamists behind Tunisia's museum attack


By Patrick Markey and Tarek Amara SBIBA, Tunisia (Reuters) - One of the young men was a high school literature student who helped his father tend the family olive trees in their isolated farming community near the Algerian border. Jabeur Khachnaoui and Yassine el-Abidi came from stable, middle-class families and were well educated. On March 18, they came together to attack Tunisia's Bardo Museum, shooting foreign tourists as they filed off buses outside the museum, and then taking more tourists hostage inside. Their stories show how difficult it will be for Tunisia to stop others making similar journeys.*The country and region are full of young men like Khachnaoui and Abidi, and Islamist groups are increasingly targeting middle-class recruits.**** * The Bardo massacre has also reopened debate on the country's delicate balance between the need for security, and the rare freedoms enjoyed by both secular Tunisians and conservative Islamists.




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