Tunisia arrests 11 ISIS recruiters


ARA News 

DUHOK – The Tunisian authorities arrested 11 suspects for recruiting fighters for the radical group of Islamic State (ISIS), Tunisia’s Interior Ministry said.

The suspects were recruiting militants in Tunisia to join the ranks of ISIS in neighboring Libya.  

Tunisian police has reportedly arrested the ISIS recruiters after breaking up thee terror cells. 

“The National Guard counterterrorism unit dismantled three cells which sent young people to Libya,” the Interior Ministry said in statement on Monday evening.

In March, Islamist gunmen killed 21 tourists at the popular Bardo Museum in the Tunisian capital of Tunis. In June, a man shot dead 38 foreigners at a beach hotel in the southern city of Sousse. ISIS radical group has claimed responsibility for both attacks. 

Since then the Tunisian authorities have been alert about similar attacks by ISIS-linked extremists.

Last week, Tunisia seized two car bombs and weapons on the border with Libya. In July, the government began building a wall along the border to stop Islamist militants slipping across, Reuters reported.

More than 3,000 Tunisians have joined the ranks of ISIS in Libya, Syria and Iraq.

Reporting by: Eyaz Ciziri  

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