Tunisian security forces kill two suspected jihadists

Author : Mircea Birca | Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News
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Tunisian security forces have killed two suspected jihadists during an operation in a mountainous area near the Algerian border, the national guard said on Wednesday.

A third suspect was critically wounded in the operation launched on Tuesday evening on Mount Birinou in the Kasserine region, national guard spokesperson Khalifa Chibani said.

Since its 2011 revolution, Tunisia has experienced an increase in jihadist attacks that have cost the lives of dozens of members of the security forces and 59 foreign tourists.

Jihadists claiming allegiance to the Islamic State group (ISIS) or Al-Qaeda’s North African affiliate Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) are active near the Algerian and Libyan borders.

Tunisia has been under a state of emergency since November 2015, when a suicide bombing in the capital claimed by ISIS killed 12 presidential guards.

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