Four terrorists from pro-ISIS cell killed in Tunisia
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The Tunisian army and security forces have killed four terrorists and wounded three others in a joint operation.
The Tunisian ministry of defense affirmed that the terrorists belong to Jund al-Khilafah that pledged allegiance to ISIS in 2015.
Military sources revealed that a video showed the Tunisian army targeting terrorists through air strikes at Mghila mountains where the suspects had taken shelter.
The army also destroyed sites where the terrorists were positioned.
The ministry affirmed that four soldiers were injured after two landmines exploded during the operation.
Since 2011, Tunisia has been facing armed terrorist groups spread across the western mountains. Often, the landmines hinder the work of the security and military units there.
Security sources and experts estimate that around 100 terrorists operate in the area.
The Tunisian authorities ordered security and military reinforcements at around 11 Tunisian border crossings with Algeria and Libya. These operations included combing the mountainous region of the country’s northwest and the heights of central Tunisia as well as setting ambushes and launching reconnaissance missions. Further, additional security units were ordered to go on joint patrols.
Jund al-Khilafah has defected from Uqba ibn Nafi battalion affiliated with al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb. The first appearance of this battalion in Tunisia was in 2015.