4 Tunisian Police Killed in Militant Attack: Government

TEHRAN (Tasnim) - Four Tunisian police have been killed in a militant attack in the central region of Kasserine close to the border with Algeria, the government said on Tuesday without giving further details.

4 Tunisian Police Killed in Militant Attack: Government

Local radio said on Wednesday suspected militants had opened fire on a national guard police checkpoint.

Tunisia is engaged in a campaign against fighters who carry out shootings and bombings mostly against security forces. Troops are also trying to flush out fighters from a base in the Chaambi mountains near Algeria.

With its transition to democracy complete after a 2011 uprising against autocrat Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali, Tunisia's government is turning its attention to tackling economic reforms and also security with a crackdown on extremists.

More than 3,000 Tunisians have left to fight in Syria and Iraq. Several militant groups emerged after the 2011 uprising, including Ansar al-Sharia which is listed as a terrorist organization by US and European officials, Reuters reported.



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