Tunisia arrests eight "terrorists" linked with Sidi Bouzid policemen deaths
Tunisian security forces conducted operations last week that killed ten alleged terrorist militants one day prior to the fatal clashes in Sidi Bouzid that left eight policemen dead (AFP)
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Eight individuals believed to be involved in the deaths of Tunisian policemen from last week were arrested by officials late Sunday, according to AFP sources.
In a statement released by the Interior Ministry, the national guard reportedly arrested "eight terrorist elements implicated in the recent [Sidi Bouzid] events" in central Tunisia. Explosives and weapons were also seized according to the statement, but no further information about the operation was included.
Eight policeman and two militants died in Sidi Bouzid last Wednesday in clashes between Tunisian officials and armed men following Tunisian officials' operation on the Algerian border that left ten alleged terrorist militants dead who were supposedly affiliated with hardline Islamist group, Ansar al-Sharia.
Since the 2011 uprisings that overthrew former Tunisian leader Zine El Abidine Ben Ali's regime, the north African country has become entrenched in political turmoil and violence blamed on jihadist groups who were suppressed under the former dictator.
Late Sunday's arrests come amidst widespread demonstrations calling for the ruling Islamist Ennahda party to resign from office as national dialogue talks between Ennahda and the opposition commenced Saturday.