Suspected IS terrorist cell bust in southeastern Tunisia

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Tunisian security services has dismantled a suspected Islamic State-affiliated terrorist cell active in the southeast of the country, the Tunisian Ministry of Interior said Friday.

The cell included four members who had “planned terrorist attacks targeting security units in Tataouine Province,” National Guard spokesman Houcemeddine Jbabli told private television Attassia in a statement.

The attacks planned by the cell would have been carried out with homemade explosive vehicles, he said.

During the operation, an explosive device, equipment for the manufacture of explosives, and the sum of money to finance several activities of the cell were seized.

Tunisia has witnessed terrorist activities since 2011, with dozens of security and military agents, civilians and foreign tourists having been killed.