Tunisian police arrest Islamists threatening New Year celebrations

By REUTERS
December 30, 2013 13:20

 
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TUNIS, Dec 30- Tunisian police arrested seven Salafists, or ultra-conservative Islamists, in the western town of Kasserine on Sunday, local radio reported, as authorities feared radical Islamists may be planning attacks during New Year celebrations.

Kasserine is the closest town to the remote area of Mount Chambi, stormed earlier this year by the army and police to try and track down more than 30 suspected al-Qaeda-linked militants. It is near the Algerian border.

Tunisian authorities have stepped up checks in the region, fearing militant Islamists may be planning attacks during New Year celebrations.

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