Photojournalist – Tunisia

The Unknown Waiter

In the night from Saturday to Sunday, February 16th, 2014 at one o’clock in the morning, a group of four or five terrorists lurking in a bend of a deserted road somewhere in Jendouba, northern Tunisia, bordering Algeria, stopped a car in which there was four citizens.

Terrorists dressed in uniforms of security forces and armed with Kalashnikov, asked the identity cards of passengers. Apparently, terrorists were looking for people who belong to Tunisian security forces. One of the passengers was a member of the Tunisian national guard, believing that terrorists were real policemen, he said: « I am your colleague ».

Because they targeted security forces members, as soon as they have heard this, terrorists began shooting at passengers, killing two of them and wounding the other two.

A young man Muhammad Ali Lakti , was among those killed in this terrorist ambush. He came from a poor family and graduated of Master of IT applied to management. Despite his university level, he was working as a waiter in a café in Jendouba, to escape unemployment.

He became the first citizen killed by terrorists in Tunisia, after the Tunisian revolution. Tunisia was hit by several terrorist attacks causing the death of two politicians (Chokri Belaid and Mohamed Brahmi) and dozens of soldiers.