Tunisia says two jihadists killed in military operation

Published August 4, 2019, 4:19 PM

by Rica Arevalo

By Agence France-Presse

TUNIS, Tunisia – Two armed alleged jihadists have been shot dead in an “anti-terrorist” operation led by national guard and army units in southern Tunisia, the interior ministry said Saturday.

New recruits to the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham jihadist group train in Syria's only remaining rebel-held province in readiness for an expected Russian-backed government offensive that the UN has warned could spark a "humanitarian catastrophe" (AFP / MANILA BULLETIN)
New recruits to the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham jihadist group train in Syria’s only remaining rebel-held province in readiness for an expected Russian-backed government offensive that the UN has warned could spark a “humanitarian catastrophe” (AFP / MANILA BULLETIN)

The two “terrorists” were killed in the mountainous area of Orbata in Gafsa, the ministry said in a statement, adding that the operation was ongoing.

Tunisia, the cradle of the Arab Spring uprisings, has been hit by repeated Islamist attacks in recent years.

In July, the Islamic State group — which has carried out multiple bloody attacks in Tunisia — called for new attacks, in a video purportedly filmed in the country.

The release of the video came three weeks after a double suicide attack against police in Tunis claimed by IS that killed two — a police officer and a civilian.

On October 29, 2018, an unemployed graduate blew herself up near police cars on Habib Bourguiba avenue, killing herself and wounding 26 people, mostly police officers, according to the interior ministry.

In March 2015, jihadist gunmen killed 21 tourists and a policeman at the National Bardo Museum in Tunis.

In June that year, 30 Britons were among 38 foreign holidaymakers killed in a gun and grenade attack on a beach resort near the Tunisian city of Sousse.

And in November 2015, a suicide bombing against a bus carrying presidential guards killed 12, in an attack claimed by IS.

 
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