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Police Break Up Militant Cell in Tunisia's Tataouine

Police Break Up Militant Cell in Tunisia's Tataouine

Wednesday, 16 March, 2022 - 07:45
A police officer stands guard outside the parliament building in Tunis, Tunisia July 29, 2021. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

Police have broken up a militant cell linked to ISIS in the southern Tunisian city of Tataouine, the interior ministry said on Wednesday.

Police said the cell was planning attacks with explosives and trying to recruit young people, according to the ministry statement.

In November, police shot and wounded an extremist who sought to attack them with a knife and cleaver in the capital.

In October, the interior ministry said Tunisian forces dismantled in Tataouine a cell linked to ISIS that was planning to attack security and military forces.

The country has been under a state of emergency since 2015, after an assault in which a number of presidential guards were killed.

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