Tunisia cracks down on radical mosques, media

2014-07-20 20:39
A Tunisian woman watches behind a national flag as mourners pour into Jebel Jelloud, a suburb of Tunis and hometown of assassinated leftist leader Chokri Belaid. (Fethi Belaid, AFP)

A Tunisian woman watches behind a national flag as mourners pour into Jebel Jelloud, a suburb of Tunis and hometown of assassinated leftist leader Chokri Belaid. (Fethi Belaid, AFP)

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Tunis - Tunisian authorities say all mosques and media calling for jihad are to be immediately closed in a bid to end a radical movement they fear will derail the nation's move to democracy.

A statement early on Sunday announced the closing of mosques operating outside control of the Religious Affairs Ministry and places of worship that celebrated the killings last week of 15 Tunisian soldiers near the Algerian border.

The government also announced the closing of unlicensed TV and radio stations that call for jihad and declare some people infidels.

On Saturday, police arrested some 60 suspected Islamist radicals in sweeps through numerous regions.

The crackdown follows the attacks on two army posts on Mount Chaambi by an extremist group believed linked to al-Qaeda's North Africa arm.

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