Tunisian Soldiers kill 2 Suspected Jihadists- Defence ministry

According to the defence ministry, Soldiers shot dead two who were suspected to be jihadists on Friday in the mountainous Kasserine region of central Tunisia.

A military unit “was this afternoon able to kill two terrorists and wound others on Sammama mountain”, it said in a statement, though no information on  how many were wounded.

The army also detained “a suspected person” and seized three firearms and ammunition during the operation which the ministry said was ongoing “to track down other elements”.

Mount Sammama is adjacent to Mount Chaambi, considered to be the main rear base of the jihadists near the border with Algeria.

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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 also 59 foreign tourists.

The country has been under a state of emergency since November 2015, when a suicide bombing in Tunis claimed by the Islamic State jihadist group killed 12 presidential guards.

On Thursday, the president’s office announced that the state of emergency was being extended for another three months.


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