Tunisia: sixteen suspected terrorists arrested

Author : Mircea Birca | Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News
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img21Sixteen suspected terrorists have been arrested in the past two days Ghardimaou, 180 kilometers west of Tunis, where they were preparing to install a training camp, reported on Monday the Ministry of Interior.

“Eight takfiri elements were apprehended at Ghardimaou (…) bringing to sixteen the number of terrorists arrested in this region since Sunday,” the Tunisian Ministry of Interior said in a statement on 22 February, quoted by Tunisian official news agency.

Seven individuals were arrested the day before, on the night of Sunday to Monday in Oued Melliz, about ten kilometers from Ghardimaou, by a patrol of soldiers and national guards, says the Ministry of Interior who had been informed of “suspicious movements in the region.”

Another man was injured in a shootout with Tunisian forces arrested Monday in the town of Dura, always around Ghardimaou. During these clashes, “a citizen was accidentally killed,” it added.

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The statement said “these elements were preparing to join groups entrenched in the mountains of the governorate of Jendouba, to install a terrorist training camp. They had weapons of war. ”

This terrorist operation comes after the Sunday announcement of Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi to extend the state of emergency for a month. The latter had been established in November in the wake of a suicide attack against the presidential guard in Tunis that killed 12.

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