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Tunisia detains high-profile al-Qaeda militant

The Tunisian fugitive militant was accused of having connections to AQIM and conspiring to carry out terrorist attacks

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The Tunisian interior minister on Sunday announced the arrest of high-profile al-Qaeda operative Wenas bin Hussein bin Mohammed Hussein al-Faqih, who was living abroad as a fugitive.

The statement added that the Tunisian militant was accused of having connections to al-Qaeda in the Maghreb (AQIM) and of joining a terrorist operation and sleeper cells to carry out attacks.

On Thursday, Tunisian security forces said they had broken up an al Qaeda-linked militant cell with 10 members that was active near the coastal city of Sousse.