Sixteen militants arrested, one civilian killed after clashes in Tunisia

Published February 23rd, 2016 - 10:30 GMT
This file photo taken on March 19, 2015 shows roses on bloodstains in front of the National Bardo Museum in Tunis during a demonstration in solidarity with the victims of an attack on the museum on March 18, 2015 killing 21 people. (AFP/Fadel Senna)
This file photo taken on March 19, 2015 shows roses on bloodstains in front of the National Bardo Museum in Tunis during a demonstration in solidarity with the victims of an attack on the museum on March 18, 2015 killing 21 people. (AFP/Fadel Senna)

Eight individuals belonging to a suspected "terrorist cell" were arrested in Ghardimaou (governorate of Jendouba), bringing the number of people arrested for extremist activity since Sunday to sixteen, according to an Interior Ministry press release, Monday.

Seven individuals were also arrested Sunday night in Oued Mliz (Ghardimaou) by a joint security, army and national guard patrol.

These individuals, who have war-grade weapons in their possession, were preparing to join groups holed up in the mountains of Jendouba in order to set up a training camp affiliated with militant groups in Libya.

Another militant was wounded and arrested, Monday, during a fire exchange with National Guard units in the locality of Doura (Ghardimaou). He was holding two guns and large quantity of munition.

During these clashes, a 65-year-old citizen was accidentally killed by a rebound of a ball, the press release specifies.

On Monday, Tunisia extended their state of emergency for another month, as tensions mount along the Libyan border. 

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


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