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Sunday 21 September 2014

Eight killed in Tunisia shootout

Published 04/02/2014 | 14:17

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A Tunisian anti-terrorist police officer stands on a roof near a house where suspected Islamist militants were hidden in Raoued, near Tunis (AP Photo/Aimen Zine)
Members of the National Guard surrounded the suburban house (AP Photo/Aimen Zine)

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.

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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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