21 December 2012

Tunisia: Armed Group Involved in Jendouba and Kasserine Incidents Are Affiliated With AQMI, Says Interior Minister

Tunis — The seven people arrested following the Kasserine incidents are affiliated with a terrorist group still under formation called the "Oqba Ibn Nafaa Phalanx" which is connected to the Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQMI), Interior Minister Ali Larayedh said on Friday.

This terror group is linked to AQMI Emir Abdelmoussaab Abdelwadoud network, Mr. Larayedh pointed out in a press conference held in Tunis, adding that several members of the terrorist group are still hiding in the Djebel Chaambi, Kasserine.

The group includes young Tunisian Islamist radicals who had been trained and recruited to join the Libyan or Algerian AQMI camps, the minister said.

Besides, Mr. Larayedh announced that the persons involved in the Jendouba incidents have been arrested.

This radical group assists AQMI terrorists coming from Libya in their transit to Algeria, he explained, adding that the rest of the group, still hiding in the Ain Draham mountains, in an Algerian border area, are besieged by the Army and the National Guard.

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