Tunisian security forces, militants clash during security raid

Published September 1st, 2016 - 08:00 GMT
Tunisians inspect the damage on August 31, 2016 at a house where two suspected militants were holed up before being killed by security forces during a nighttime raid in the central Tunisian city of Kasserine. (AFP/Rzouga Khlifi)
Tunisians inspect the damage on August 31, 2016 at a house where two suspected militants were holed up before being killed by security forces during a nighttime raid in the central Tunisian city of Kasserine. (AFP/Rzouga Khlifi)

Spokesman for the Prosecutor at the Anti-Terror Judicial Pole, Sofiene Sliti said a citizen was killed and a militant blew himself up during a raid by security forces and the army on a house where known militants were holed up on Wednesday in Karma district, Kasserine.

"Units of the security forces requested authorisation from the Prosecutor to storm a house in the Karma district where terrorists suspected of having been involved in Monday’s terrorist attack that killed three soldiers and wounded several others in Mount Sammama were holed up,” he said.

Sliti said the units did not find militants at the scene but flushed them into the terraced house before clashing with them, backed by military units.

"The terrorists used grenades, threw smoke and fired shots at the police and army, causing a knee injury to one of them," he added.

He said that security and army units killed early in the morning an attacker who fired a burst of shots, killing a citizen, while another militant blew himself up half an hour later.

"Two Kalashnikov rifles were seized and five grenades were exploded on the scene," said the spokesman, adding that the Prosecutor went to Kasserine to see the body and conduct inspections.

He ordered the initiation of an investigation “because of the terrorist nature of the operation".


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