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Tunisian security forces kill two suspected Islamist militants

AFP , Wednesday 9 Aug 2017
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Tunisian security forces have killed two suspected Islamist militants during an operation in a mountainous area near the Algerian border, the national guard said on Wednesday.

A third suspect was critically wounded in the operation launched on Tuesday evening on Mount Birinou in the Kasserine region, national guard spokesman Khalifa Chibani told Shems FM radio.

Since its 2011 revolution, Tunisia has experienced an increase in Islamist militant attacks that have cost the lives of dozens of members of the security forces and 59 foreign tourists.

Islamist militants claiming allegiance to the Islamic State militants group (IS) or Al-Qaeda's North African affiliate Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) are active near the Algerian and Libyan borders.

Tunisia has been under a state of emergency since November 2015, when a suicide bombing in the capital claimed by IS killed 12 presidential guards.

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