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Tunisia: Authorities Track Terrorists on Algerian Border

Tunisia: Authorities Track Terrorists on Algerian Border

Monday, 19 August, 2019 - 07:15
The shadow of police officers where a suspected militant was arrested after wounding two policemen in a knife attack near the parliament building in Tunis (File Photo: Reuters)
Tunis- Al Mongi Al Saidani

Tunisia’s National Guard Special Unit (NGSU) announced it is tracking the movements of a terrorist group in the mountainous areas of al-Kasserine region, central-eastern Tunisia.

The Unit initiated the operation after a resident reported that he was stopped by a terrorist for information about personnel of the security forces from the region. He was also asked whether he had any relatives working in the security units or the army.

The terrorist, who was armed and wearing a black shirt, is likely to be operating with a group as he vowed to kill the man and his family if he reported the incident to the authorities before heading to the neighboring mountainous area.

In recent years, terrorist elements of Jund al-Khilafah, an affiliate of the ISIS terror group, have threatened residents of the mountainous areas. The group slaughtered two brothers from al-Sultani family after accusing them of cooperating and disclosing information to the Tunisian security forces and army.

In addition, NGSU confirmed terrorist elements are moving at the Tunisian-Algerian border, which required coordination between both countries’ counter-terrorism forces to besiege the elements hiding in the mountains linking them.

Tunisian security and military services indicated that the number of terrorist elements has dropped in recent years as a result of operations adopted by Tunisia in its war against terrorism.

There are few dozens of terrorists now left in the mountains, however, security services and the military admit there remain terrorist threats, noting that the war on terrorism will continue in the coming years.

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