16-05-2022 02:27 PM Jerusalem Timing

Tunisia Troops Kill four Suspected Militants

Tunisia Troops Kill four Suspected Militants

Tunisian troops killed four suspected militants in a counter-terrorism operation overnight that was still continuing on Tuesday.

Tunisia securityTunisian troops killed four suspected militants in a counter-terrorism operation overnight that was still continuing on Tuesday, the interior ministry spokesman said.

There were no security force casualties in the operation in the Ain Jaffel area on the border between the central provinces of Kasserine and Sidi Bouzid, Yasser Messbah told media outlets.

Kasserine province, which neighbors Algeria, has seen repeated clashes between security forces and militants.

Late last month, a suspected militant was killed in an exchange of fire in the Mount Mghila area of the province.

It lies next to Mount Chaambi, which is considered to be the militants' main rear base and has been the target of repeated sweeps by the security forces since 2012.

Militants have killed dozens of police and soldiers since the 2011 revolution that ousted longtime president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.

Several attacks have been claimed by the so-called 'Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb' terrorist group.

But last year, the so-called 'Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant' (ISIL) takfiri group claimed attacks on the national museum in Tunis and a popular resort hotel, killing a total of 59 tourists, and the suicide bombing of a bus that killed 12 presidential guards.

Tunisia has built a 200-kilometre (125-mile) barrier that stretches about half the length of its border with Libya in an attempt to prevent militants from infiltrating.

Britain announced on Monday it was sending a team of around 20 soldiers to Tunisia to train troops patrolling the border.