The jihadists being pursued by the army on Tunisia's border with Algeria are veterans from fighting in Mali, where France has intervened against Islamist rebels, Interior Minister Lotfi Ben Jeddou told parliament on Wednesday.
“They came from Mali,” the minister said during an open session in the national assembly, without giving more details on the militants for whom the military has stepped its search over the past week.
“I would have liked this to be a closed session to be able to say more,” he told MPs, who were grilling him about the hunt for two groups hiding in the border region that the interior ministry has said are linked to Al-Qaeda.
Ben Jeddou had said earlier that one group located around Mount Chaambi consisted of around 20 people, “half of them Tunisian and half Algerian,” while the second group, based in the Kef region further north, was made up of a dozen armed militants.
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