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56 Takfiri Elements Arrested in Security Crackdowns in Tunisia

56 Takfiri Elements Arrested in Security Crackdowns in Tunisia

Wednesday, 2 October, 2019 - 12:00
Tunisian police stand guard near a house in Raoued, a northern suburb of the capital Tunis. Reuters/Anis Mili

Tunisian security units specialized in fighting terrorism have arrested 56 takfiri elements in several Tunisian states, including Bizerte and Manouba (northern Tunis).


The elements were arrested during security crackdowns aimed at pursuing elements having links to the two stabbing incidents that had taken place in Bizerte last week.


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


Regarding details of these security crackdowns, the Interior Ministry’s General Directorate of Public Security confirmed that security services have implemented a precise plan.


The plan, it said, called for pursuing suspects whose names were mentioned during interrogations with the arrested terrorists after the attack in Bizerte and were in contact with Malik al-Thawadi, who carried out the two stabbing attacks.


According to information provided by the interior ministry, the detainees, aged between 25 and 43, possessed knives and extremist-oriented books considered to be a threat to Tunisia’s national security.


It is noteworthy that a similar security crackdown was carried out following the stabbing incidents in Bizerte, and it included various areas in the governorate. It resulted in arresting two takfiri elements on Monday.


Security agencies fighting terrorism arrested last week four terrorist elements linked with the stabbing incidents.


The cell was ready to carry out further attacks against security and military figures.


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