Tunisia says three killed in ‘counterterrorism’ operation

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Tunisian security forces killed on Wednesday three “terrorists” during an ongoing operation in a mountain area near the Algerian border, said the interior ministry.

National guard and army forces were involved in the “counterterrorism operation” near the city of Kasserine, the ministry said, without providing further details on those killed.

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The forces seized explosives, weapons and munitions, it said.

Tunisia has faced a rise in extremist groups after dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali was overthrown.

Attacks claimed by extremists in recent years have killed dozens of soldiers, police officers and some civilians and foreign tourists.

Tunisian authorities have carried out regular raids in the Kasserine area, where terrorist groups are thought to be hiding.

With AFP

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