Tunis — The operation led by the army and security forces against a terrorist group in Gbollat (governorate of Beja) has killed nine members of the group, one of them is considered as "very dangerous", Interior Ministry spokesman Mohamed Ali Laroui said on Saturday.
Presenting the balance of this military operation during a meeting with the press held on Saturday, Laroui also spoke of the capturing of four members, specifying that two others are still on the run.
Three national guards and a soldier "were slightly wounded" during clashes with the terrorist group hiding in Mount Touayer, in the province of Ouled Smail in Gbollat, Laroui added, underlining the "success" of the operation led by the army and security.
According to Laroui, the security forces found during the intervention plans aimed to attack buildings of sovereignty as well as a list for the assassination of members of security forces and politicians.
Two tonnes of ammonium and other products destined to making explosives as well as Kalashnikov, a heavy machine gun, a sniper rifle and large quantities of ammonium were also discovered.
Laroui said the army and security forces combined the use of heavy weapons and aviation during confrontations with the group whose number is estimated at between 15 and 16 members knowing, he said, that at that point of the investigation the group does not include foreign members.
According to Laroui, the armed group belongs to Ansar Al-chariaa movement classified as a terrorist group.
Most of its members are wanted in terrorist cases related to the assassination of Chokri Belaid and Mohamed Brahmi, he noted.
It is worth reminding that the Chief-of-Staff of the land army, General Mohamed Salah Hamdi, had announced according to a statement published earlier during the day by the Presidency of the Republic that 10 members of the terrorist group are killed, specifying that identification of the bodies is now underway and that others were captured or surrendered.
A reliable source had indicated to TAP news agency correspondent in Beja that until Saturday at 1 p.m., thirteen members of the terrorist group, hidden in Touayer (Gbollat) were killed during the military operations.
Two national guards were killed and a third wounded, on Thursday, by the terrorists while they were on patrol to check the information on the presence of a suspect group hidden in a farm in Talla, near Gbollat.
After the attack, terrorists escaped in the mountain where they were chased by the army and National Guard officers.