Daesh militants arrested in Tunisia for smuggling weapons from Libya

Published April 20th, 2016 - 07:00 GMT
Tunisian military forces on patrol after a series of Daesh attacks in the country. (AFP/File)
Tunisian military forces on patrol after a series of Daesh attacks in the country. (AFP/File)

A Daesh cell operating in Sidi Hassine, west of the capital, was dismantled, the Interior Ministry announced Tuesday.

In a press release, the department said following information received by security units in Tunis, a militant who has ties with one of the attackers killed in Ben Guerdane, was arrested in Sidi Hassine.

The individual affirmed he has been member of the banned organization "Ansar Al-Sharia," participated in the US embassy attack and sworn allegiance to Daesh, together with other elements now in Libya and Syria.

Four other members of the same cell were also arrested. They admitted to having attempted to enter arms to the Tunisian south from Libya, bring them to the capital and store them in warehouses in Birine (west of the capital).

After consultation with the Public Prosecutor, the arrested elements were placed into custody, according to the same source.

Daesh has spread into Tunisia from Libya. The country remains under a state of emergency. 

Editor's note: This article has been edited from the source material


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