147 killed during Tunisia uprising

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Almost 150 people were killed and another 510 were injured in the uprising which toppled Tunisia's president (AP)

Almost 150 people were killed and another 510 were injured in the uprising that toppled Tunisia’s president last month, according to the head of a United Nations mission investigating the unrest.

Bakr N’diaye, who leads the mission sent by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said the death toll of 147 did not include 72 people who died in prison riots.

The interim government, formed after president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country on January 14, has said about 78 people lost their lives in the violence.

But opposition members have insisted the death toll was much higher.

Mr N’diaye was speaking at a news conference in the capital Tunis as his mission wrapped up a week-long visit to the North African country.

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