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Tunisian protesters shout slogans during a demonstration after the death of Tunisian opposition leader Chokri Belaid (pictured on flag), outside the Interior ministry in Tunis February 6, 2013.ANIS MILI/Reuters

A Tunisian policeman was killed on Wednesday in clashes between the security forces and protesters that erupted in the capital after the assassination of an opposition leader, Chokri Belaid, the interior ministry said.

"Policeman Lotfi Alzaar, 46, died on Wednesday afternoon… after sustaining a chest injury caused by rocks thrown during an operation to disperse a group of protesters in Bab El-Jazira" in central Tunis, the ministry said.

"These protesters were in the process of ransacking shops," it added.

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