Tunisian police kill two militants near Algerian border

Clashes broke out on Thursday night in the northwest of the city of Jendouba

Tunisian police kill two militants near Algerian border

World Bulletin/News Desk

Tunisian police killed two militants near the Algerian border in exchange of fire, the government said on Friday, two weeks after fighters attacked the interior minister's family home, killing four police, in one of their boldest attacks.

Tunisian forces are engaged in a crackdown on Ansar al Sharia. They launched a major assault this year on the Chaambi mountains in the west of the country, close to the Algerian border, where militants have taken refuge.

"Our forces killed two member of the terrorist group in Jendouba in exchange of fire," Interior Ministry spokesman Ali Aroui said.

Clashes broke out on Thursday night in the northwest of the city of Jendouba, he added, without giving details.

Ansar al Sharia, listed in January as a foreign terrorist organisation by the United States, were one of the movements to emerge after Tunisia's 2011 "Arab Spring" revolt ousted autocrat Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali.

Led by a veteran of Afghanistan's conflicts, the group was blamed for storming the U.S. Embassy in Tunis in 2012.

The North African state's political transition has advanced since the uprising. But Tunisian authorities are worried about spillover from neighboring Libya where turmoil has allowed militants to gain a foothold.

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