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More Tunisia unrest: Pres. palace gunbattle

January 16, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
Gunfire rang out in Tunisia Sunday as police and troops tried to calm tensions after the president was ousted.A gunfight broke out between security forces and unidentified attackers in front of opposition party headquarters.

Riots have engulfed Tunisia after mass protests forced its longtime autocratic leader President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali to flee to Saudi Arabia.

Tunisia's prime minister has assumed the presidency.

Sunday, several members of the ousted leader's presidential guard were arrested. Also in custody, several people suspected in drive-by shootings.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.