Tunisian held in US embassy attack dies in prison

  • Associated Press
  • November 15, 2012 - 5:14 PM

TUNIS, Tunisia - The lawyer for a militant detained for attacking the U.S. embassy in Tunisia says his client has died from a heart attack after a two month hunger strike protesting his innocence.

Abdel-Basset Ben Mberek, the lawyer, said his client died Thursday after being transferred to a Tunis hospital when his condition declined.

Bachir al-Gholi, 23 and father of a six-month-old daughter, survived two heart attacks and succumbed to the third, his lawyer added.

Following region-wide anger over a U.S.-made film insulting the Prophet Muhammad, some 2,000 militants attacked the U.S. embassy in Tunis in September and looted a nearby school.

According to the Justice Ministry, some 123 people have been arrested in the ongoing investigation.

Al-Gholi's lawyer said his client maintained his innocence.

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