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Tunisia says it broke up four militant cells, foiled attacks

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Tunisia said on Thursday it had broken up four extremist militant cells and seized explosives, poisonous gas and drone aircraft.

The militants had been planning a “series of attacks against vital targets in the country, through stabbing, poisoning, cars attacks and detonation,” the interior ministry said, without identifying any targets.

The seizures came a month after a woman blew herself up in the center of the Tunisian capital and wounded 15 people in an attack that broke a period of calm after dozens died in militant attacks three years ago.

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Tunisia was the only country to oust a long-serving leader during the “Arab Spring” uprisings without triggering large scale unrest or civil war - and has won widespread praise for its democratic transition, new constitution and free elections.