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Tunisian Interior Ministry Searches for 4 Terrorists

Tunisian Interior Ministry Searches for 4 Terrorists

Thursday, 30 May, 2019 - 09:15
Police officers in downtown Tunis. Reuters

Counter-terrorism forces in Tunisia are searching for three Tunisian and one Algerian terrorists.

The Tunisian Ministry of Interior released information and photos of the wanted. They are Osama al-Khazri, 27, from Jendouba (north-west of Tunisia), Ashraf al-Qizani, 28, from Al-Kaf, Algerian Amin Mahkuka, and Khalil al-Mansouri, 28, originally from Kasserine (in the center of western Tunisia).

Tunisian security sources affirmed that the militants belong to Uqba ibn Nafi battalion, affiliated with al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, saying they had participated in terrorist attacks, in addition plotting to rob a bank in Kasserine.

The sources added that Tunisian terrorist Raed Touati, who was arrested early May by counter-terrorism forces, revealed to investigators that the four terrorists were plotting attacks on security forces, the army, and vital state facilities.

Tunisian security reports noted that up to 300 militants are believed to be hiding in the western mountains of the country. They are supported by an estimated 300-400 sleeper cells.

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