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Tunisian security forces ‘kill two jihadists’

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Two members of the extremist group Ansar al-Sharia were killed on Monday by Tunisian security forces, an interior ministry source said.

“Two jihadist terrorists with Ansar al-Sharia were killed and two others arrested on Monday morning in a northern suburb (of Tunis) during an ongoing sweep by the anti-terrorist squad,” a source at the ministry told AFP.

Tunisia has recently declared Ansar al-Sharia a terrorist organization after obtaining proof it killed two secular politicians and several soldiers, according to Reuters.

The group is considered the most extreme Islamist organization to emerge in Tunisia since the ouster of President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali in 2011.

The attacks linked to Ansar al-Sharia posed several challenges to the Islamist-led government.