TUNIS - Tunisian police have arrested a group of Islamist militants who accidentally exploded a bomb they were manufacturing as part of a planned attack on the country's commercial city of Sfax, the government said on Sunday.

The interior ministry said police had arrested eight suspected members of the militant group Ansar al-Sharia late on Saturday as part of a raid in Sfax, a Mediterranean port city around 170 miles (270 km) southeast of the capital Tunis.

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Two of those arrested were wounded in the bomb blast while handling the explosive, the ministry said in a statement

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