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Tunisia Seizes Terrorist Cell Linked to Bizerte Stabbing Incidents

Tunisia Seizes Terrorist Cell Linked to Bizerte Stabbing Incidents

Wednesday, 25 September, 2019 - 14:45
Tunisian police stand guard near a house in Raoued, a northern suburb of the capital Tunis. Reuters/Anis Mili

Security agencies fighting terrorism have arrested four terrorist elements linked with the stabbing incident carried out on Monday in Bizerte city, 60 km north of the capital, Tunis.

Tunisia’s interior ministry stressed that the terrorist elements arrested are between 25 and 35 years old and reside in one of Bizerte’s crowded neighborhoods.

It said they are active in the field of parallel trade in the region's markets.

Head of the security office in Bizerte’s Court of Appeal was killed, and a soldier was slightly injured.

More than one security party suggested that the terrorist attacker belonged to ISIS since he supported Ajnad al-Khilafa terrorist cell.

Tunisian security authorities are expected to announce the details of the schemes prepared by this cell following the arrest of the attacker in the city.

The probe conducted with elements belonging to the terrorist cell revealed the readiness of the cell’s members to carry out further attacks against security and military figures.

Three traditional-made incendiary flasks were also seized along with other things found in the attackers’ house.

Two members of the terrorist cell admitted to planning to attack a security patrol using Molotov cocktails.

A terrorist element whose image appeared in a surveillance camera is being prosecuted. He exchanged signals with the perpetrator of the attack before committing his terrorist crime.

The security crackdown resulted in the arrest of five people, including the terrorist Malik al-Thawadi, who carried out the two stabbing attacks.

It is noteworthy that the stabbing attacks targeting security personnel have been repeated recently in Tunisia.

Tozeur, Bizerte, Sousse and the Tunisian capital have seen four similar incidents.

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