Tunisia dismantles Islamic State cell planning attack

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Tunisia dismantles Islamic State cell planning attack
Tunisia dismantles Islamic State cell planning attack   -   Copyright  Thomson Reuters 2021   -  

<div> <p><span class="caps">TUNIS</span> – Tunisian forces dismantled a cell linked to Islamic State in the southern city of Tataouine that was planning to attack security and military forces, the interior ministry said on Friday.</p> <p>Six years ago an Islamic State militant shot dead 39 foreigners on a beach in Sousse, triggering an exodus of tourists and severely damaging Tunisia’s economy.</p> <p>Since then Tunisia has grown more effective in preventing and responding to attacks, but sleeper cells still pose a threat, especially with the return of jihadists from Syria, Iraq and Libya.</p> <p>“They planned to carry out terrorist attacks targeting the security and military units on the region (Tataouine), using explosive devices,” the ministry said in a statement.</p> <p>It didn’t say how many people had been involved in the cell, how it had been detected, or what action was being taken against the suspects.</p> <p/> </div>