Tunisia raids militant hideout, five killed

Published March 3rd, 2016 - 04:30 GMT
Tunisian soliders in 2013. (AFP/File)
Tunisian soliders in 2013. (AFP/File)

 The security operation conducted by the security and army forces in the delegation of Ben Guerdane (governorate of Medenine) ended, Wednesday late in the evening.

According to a joint statement of the Interior and Defence Ministries, five armed militants with ties to Libya were killed, according to the last official death toll.  The military force commander who conducted the operation was wounded in the raid on a house where the armed group took refuge.

His health state is steady, said spokesman for the defence ministry Belhassen Oueslati to TAP.  Three all-terrain vehicles, Kalashnikov rifles,  munitions and mobile phones were seized during the operation, according to the same source.

A citizen present on the site of clashes was killed by mistake, a security source specified to TAP correspondent in the region.

More items were seized when combing the perimeter of the security operation conducted, Wednesday in the delegation of Ben Guerdane (governorate of Medenine) by the national guard and army against a house where militants took refuge, the Interior Ministry specifies in a press release, Thursday.

Twelve empty Kalashnikov magazines, a laptop, two router modems, a distress rocket, 6 foreign passports and the sum of 2,750 Libyan dinars were seized.

  1. The sweeping operations are still going on, the department says.

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

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