Tunisia detains high-profile al-Qaeda militant

A Tunisian police officer stands guard during an operation to eliminate militants in a village some 50 km (31 miles) from the town of Ben Guerdane, Tunisia, near the Libyan border, March 10, 2016. (Reuters)

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.

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