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Envelopes Containing Anthrax Delivered to Major Tunisian Figures

Envelopes Containing Anthrax Delivered to Major Tunisian Figures

Sunday, 3 March, 2019 - 08:15
File picture shows policemen searching civilians belongings in Tunis, Tunisia. (Reuters)

The Tunisian counter-terrorism agencies have revealed in their preliminary investigations that the envelopes delivered to politicians, journalists and syndicate members contained the Anthrax toxin.

This was the first terrorist plot of its kind in the country, they added.

Twenty public figures were targeted in this horrifying terrorist plot, including 10 prominent politicians, seven journalists and activists in syndicates and human rights, they continued.

Moreover, they said that the terrorist groups have shifted their tactics after security measures against them have limited their activity.

For years, they have relied on armed attacks, but they are now forced to resort to poisoning their victims, said the security agencies.

President of the Tunisian General Labor Union (UGTT) Noureddine Taboubi and assistant secretaries Bu Ali Mubaraki, and Sami al-Tahiri were among the targets, revealed “high-ranking” Tunisian media sources.

Sufian al-Sulaiti, a spokesman for the counter-terrorism apparatus, affirmed that the agencies will listen in the upcoming period to the testimonies of 15 of the targeted figures.

Furthermore, several terrorist group experts said that toxic substance letters is a method that has been adopted by several terrorist organizations in the past.

They urged the need to amend strategies and derive lessons from foreign experiences, such as attacks in Afghanistan, in order to confront terrorism in Tunisia.

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