Eight killed in Tunisia shootout
Published 04/02/2014 | 14:17
Eight people, including a police officer, have died in Tunisia after a day-long stand-off between the National Guard and militants in a seaside Tunis suburb.
Security forces killed seven of the militants in a stand-off that began at 4pm on Monday and ended on Tuesday afternoon.
The National Guard surrounded a house in the Raoued suburb of Tunis acting on information that it was a militant hideout. A gunfight ensued after the force attempted to take the building.
Since the overthrow of Tunisia's dictatorship in 2011, radical Islamists have grown in strength, bolstered by weapons from neighbouring Libya.
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