4 police killed in south Tunisia

2016-05-12 08:58
Tunisian security forces stand guard near the National Bardo Museum in Tunis in the aftermath of an attack on foreign tourists. (Fethi Belaid, AFP)

Tunisian security forces stand guard near the National Bardo Museum in Tunis in the aftermath of an attack on foreign tourists. (Fethi Belaid, AFP)

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Tunis - A jihadist militant detonated his explosives belt killing four policemen during a raid by security forces in southern Tunisia on Wednesday, the Interior Ministry said.

It said a firefight erupted between militants in the Tatouine governorate and a national guard unit acting on information from an "anti-terrorist" operation earlier the same day near Tunis.

"One terrorist element was shot dead while the other detonated his explosives belt, killing two officers and two agents of the national guard," it said.

Earlier, the Interior Ministry said two suspected jihadists were killed during a security operation near the capital against a cell planning "simultaneous" attacks.

Sixteen others were arrested during the operation in Ariana province just outside Tunis, and Kalashnikov assault rifles, pistols and ammunition seized, it said.

The ministry said the suspects had gathered in the area from different parts of the country.

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