Tunisian army clashes with militants in mountains, two killed

By REUTERS
February 17, 2017 21:50

TUNIS - Tunisian troops clashed with armed Islamist militants in the remote mountains near the Algerian border on Friday, killing two of them, arresting another and seizing weapons, the defense ministry said.

It said the operation took place in Samamma mountains where the security forces since 2015 have been trying to contain small brigades of al Qaida-linked militants who have used the remote region as a base.

Tunisian forces have been cracking down on militants since 2015 when Islamic State claimed attacks by gunmen against foreign tourists. Officials are also concerned about the return of several thousand Tunisians who left to fight for Islamist militant groups in Iraq, Syria and Libya.


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