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Tunisia Arrests Dangerous Extremist after Border Clashes

Tunisia Arrests Dangerous Extremist after Border Clashes

Sunday, 7 January, 2018 - 11:30
Tunisian anti-terrorism brigade personnel. (Reuters)

The Tunisian Ministry of Defense announced on Saturday that it arrested an extremist after the military staged an ambush against his armed gang near the border with Algeria.

The ministry said in a statement that the military arrested on Saturday dangerous terrorist Burhan al-Baloumi after he was shot in the leg in the clashes at Jabal al-Salloum in the Qasreen border region.

The military then confiscated his Kalashnikov rifle and a cache of 20 rounds of ammunition.

Al-Baloumi was arrested after his armed gang abandoned him in the field, added the statement.

Born on May 24, 1991, he is considered as one of the most dangerous terrorist members of the Jund al-Khalafa group.

The Defense Ministry said that an operation is ongoing arrest the remaining members of his gang.

The Tunisian security forces and military have been carrying out a crackdown against pro-al-Qaeda extremists in the north African region.

In 2015, ISIS staged terror attacks against Tunisia’s Bardo National Museum and a beach resort in the city of Sousse, which left scores dead.

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