Monday, Jun 27, 2016
One of America's Great Newspapers ~ Toledo, Ohio

World

Minister: Extremists plotted to carve up Tunisia

TUNIS, Tunisia — Tunisia’s interior minister says authorities have dismantled a plot by extremist Salafi Muslims to slice up the North African country into three Islamic emirates.

Lotfi Ben Jeddou also told Mosaique FM radio today that security services have disrupted jihadist plots in recent weeks to assassinate political figures and carry out bombings in central Tunisia and near the capital, Tunis.

The minister, who took office six months ago, says he’s tallied some 300 arrests in terrorism case files being prosecuted by investigating magistrates.

Ben Jeddou said questioning of detainees led authorities to believe that about 30 alleged terrorists are currently holed up in Tunisia’s western mountains, including Kamel Gadhgadhi, the man suspected of killing left-wing opposition legislator Chokri Belaid in February.

Tunisia has been battling al-Qaeda-linked extremists since its 2011 revolution.

Click to comment

Quis autem vel eum iure reprehenderit qui in ea voluptate velit esse quam nihil molestiae consequatur, vel illum qui dolorem?

Temporibus autem quibusdam et aut officiis debitis aut rerum necessitatibus saepe eveniet.

Copyright © 2015 Toledo Blade

To Top

Fetching stories…