Tunisia forces kill suspected jihadist

2016-01-04 18:00
File photo of soldiers shooting in the air in Sidi Bouzid to mark the fifth anniversary of the Tunisian unrest. (Hassene Dri, AP)

File photo of soldiers shooting in the air in Sidi Bouzid to mark the fifth anniversary of the Tunisian unrest. (Hassene Dri, AP)

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Tunis - Security forces in Tunisia have killed a suspected foreign jihadist during an operation in the northwest of the country, the interior ministry says.

National Guard units shot the man, who was armed, between Mount Serj and Mount Ballouta in Siliana province on Sunday, said ministry spokesperson Walid Louguini.

"Security forces were able to shoot and kill a terrorist element who, according to an initial assessment, appears to be a foreigner," he said.

They seized a Kalashnikov assault rifle, a hand-grenade and another explosive device.

Islamist militants have killed dozens of police and soldiers since the 2011 revolution that ousted longtime dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.


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