Tunisian special forces take position during clashes with militants in the southern town of Ben Guerdane, near the Libyan border, on March 7, 2016. ©AFP
Police have killed at least two suspected Takfiri-linked terrorists in a raid on their hideout in the central west of the African country.
The raid was carried out on a house in the militancy-riddled province of Kasserine at dawn on Wednesday, a security source said.
A civilian was also killed during the clashes between officers and the suspects.
The raid came two days after a powerful landmine explosion killed three soldiers and wounded eight others in the remote Mount Sammama area near the Algerian border.
Defense Ministry spokesman Belhassen Oueslati said that “terrorist elements launched an attack with a large quantity of explosives on a military
patrol providing security for workers” tarring a road.
An army spokesman also said that the militants opened fire on soldiers with rifles and rocket-propelled grenades after their patrol hit an anti-tank landmine.
No group has claimed responsibility for the attack yet.
However, the al-Qaeda-linked group, the Okba Ibn Nafaa Brigades, which has been referred to as the country’s main Takfiri terrorist group, often carries out strikes on army patrols, police and checkpoints in the rural areas around Kasserine province.
Military officials say they have been hunting down militants in the area for months, but have not been able to completely dislodge them from the rugged area.
has been hit by a number of deadly attacks by Takfiri terrorists in the past couple of years.
Since November 2015, the country has been in a state of emergency in the wake of deadly attacks, including on the Bardo National Museum in Tunis and a seaside resort in Sousse, which were claimed by the Takfiri Daesh terrorist group.