Tunisian authorities say a parliamentarian narrowly escaped assassination by masked men in Kasserine, a city near the Algerian border.

Interior Ministry spokesman Mohamed Ali Aroui said six men came to the home of Mohammed Ali Nasri, a member of the secular party "Nida Tounes" (Tunisia's Call), early Tuesday morning.

Nasri told local radio that he fled to the second floor and leaped across to a neighbor's home, breaking his leg. In May, gunmen attacked the home of the interior minister in Kasserine, killing four policemen.

The Interior Ministry spokesman said the attackers came from Mount Salloum, a known hideout of al-Qaida linked militants who have repeatedly attacked Tunisian security forces. No arrests were reported and it was unclear how authorities could identify where the attackers were based.