Tunisia clashes: gunman killed, two police wounded
Tunisia tightens security after tourist spot attacks October 31, 2013 07:32 PM By Antoine Lambroschini Agence France Presse Tunisian security forces inspect the area of a failed suicide bomb attack near the four-star Riadh Palms hotel, in the resort town of Sousse, a popular tourist destination 140 kilometres (90 miles) south of Tunis, on October 30, 2013. AFP PHOTO/STR Tunisian security forces inspect the area of a failed suicide bomb attack near the four-star Riadh Palms hotel. [businessinsider]
A large security sweep in southern Tunisia left two policemen wounded and one Islamist militant killed after clashes on Tuesday, the interior ministry said.
“Since yesterday (Monday), specialist army units have been carrying out a huge security operation in the province of Kebili,” the ministry said.
“At dawn today, during a successful raid and in an exchange of fire with a terrorist group, a terrorist was killed and eight others arrested.”
The two policemen were wounded from shots fired to their legs as the gunmen fled the scene.
A truck being fitted for a bomb was discovered during the raid. Security forced also seized grenades, five cars, large sums of money, IT equipment and 30 mobile phones.
Since the mass uprising that toppled former strongman Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in early 2011, Tunisia has been dealing with jihadist violence. The country has also witnessed a surge in deadly attacks this year.
Since January, 30 policemen and soldiers have died in operations focused on jihadist groups believed to be connected to Al-Qaeda. In addition, two opposition MPs have been killed by suspected Islamist gunmen.
The countries tourism sector was hit as well due to two recently botched suicide attacks at nearby coastal resorts which heightened fears for the industry.
Secular opposition has accused the ruling Islamist party, Ennahda, of failing to control extremist groups thus causing the violence increase and a major political crisis in the birthplace of the Arab Spring.