Tunisia says 2 jihadists killed in security sweep

2017-05-01 07:21
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Sidi Bouzid - A jihadist linked to al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb blew himself up and another was shot dead on Sunday during an operation by Tunisian security forces, the national guard said.

Both were "dangerous terrorist elements", and one, probably a foreigner, was a leader in a group linked to AQIM, said national guard spokesperson Khalifa Chibani.

The operation took place in the central town of Sidi Bouzid when a house was raided in a security sweep after weeks of surveillance, he said.

"A terrorist group was attacked in a national guard operation," Chibani said, using Tunisia's designation for jihadists.

Explosives belt

"Units had discovered contacts between the Okba Ibn Nafaa Battalion (a group connected to al-Qaeda) and people inside Sidi Bouzid".

During the assault, one jihadist "was hit and blew himself up", Chibani said.

The other man killed had also been wearing an explosives belt but was shot dead before he could detonate it.

Chibani said the group had been planning "terrorist operations during Ramadan", the holy Muslim fasting month that begins at the end of May.

Another three people suspected of links with the group were detained and security forces were hunting for other suspects.


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