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Africa North
Gunman killed, police wounded in Tunisia clashes
[Al Ahram] A suspected Islamist myrmidon was killed in festivities in southern Tunisia on Tuesday that also left two coppers maimed during a "huge" security sweep, the interior ministry said.

"Since yesterday (Monday), specialist army units have been carrying out a huge security operation in the province of Kebili," the ministry said.

"At dawn today, during a successful raid and in an exchange of fire with a terrorist group, a terrorist was killed and eight others nabbed."
Maw! They're comin' to get me, Maw!

The interior ministry said other gunnies had fled, and that two coppers were maimed by shots to their legs.

During the operation, the security forces seized grenades, a truck that was being fitted with a bomb, five cars, large sums of money, IT equipment and 30 mobile phones.

Tunisia has been rocked by jihadist violence since the mass uprising that toppled former strongman Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in January 2011, and has witnessed a surge in deadly attacks this year.

Since January, two opposition MPs have been killed by suspected Islamist gunnies, while some 30 coppers and soldiers have died in operations targeting jihadist groups believed to have ties to Al-Qaeda.

Late last month, two botched suicide kabooms at nearby coastal resorts heightened fears for the country's battered tourism sector.

The violence has fuelled a major political crisis in the birthplace of the Arab Spring, with the secular opposition accusing the ruling Islamist party Ennahda of failing to rein in bad boy groups.
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