4 February 2014

Tunisia: Anti-Terrorist Operation in Raoued - Ben Jeddou Announces Kamel Gadhgadhi's Death

Photo: La Presse
Security forces quell a protest (file photo).

Tunis, — The anti-terrorist operation led Monday and Tuesday, in Raoued (governorate of Ariana) resulted into the death of 7 individuals among the members of the terrorist group and the martyrdom of one member of the national guard, Interior Minister Lotfi Ben Jeddou announced.

National Guard sergeant Atef Jabri was martyred during the clashes, the Minister revealed.

Five members of this terrorist group were identified, while the two others are under NDA tests, Ben Jeddou said. The Minister revealed the names of the five identified terrorists namely Kamel Gadhgadhi, Mohamed Ennaceur Dridi, Haykel Badr, Alaeddine Najahi and Ali Kalai who are "very dangerous" elements, he said and most of them are involved in the political assassination of Chokri Belaid and the murder of the soldiers in Mount Chaambi. The Minister commended the efforts exerted by the security forces and the national army who helped to prosecute 1,343 defendants.

293 individuals arrested among those who are involved in networks of sending Tunisian youths to Syria, he said. More than 8,000 men and women were banned from travelling at the request of their families, the Minister specified.

Evoking the fight against terrorist networks, Ben Jeddou revealed the death of 23 members of the networks. As regards the weapons and ammunition seized during the anti-terrorist operations, Ben Jeddou stated 249 Kalachnikov rifles, 118 hunting rifles, 3 guns, 217 homemade bombs, 16,661 cartridges, in addition to 1,320 Taser guns, 25 antipersonnel mines and 270 rockets. The operations followed one another, he underlined, citing in this connection, the operations of Ouardia, Goubolat, Borj Chekir and that of Raoued, the latest one.

The National Guard Units besieged, Monday and Tuesday, a house in Raoued where terrorists are hidden, he reminded, adding that the security forces faced a strong resistance from the terrorists.

Ben Jeddou added that the National Guard units appealed to the public prosecutors to arrest the terrorists who remained alive and convince them to surrender. But these terrorists refused to obey and attacked the security forces with machine guns, he went on saying. The Minister said that the terrorist group held grenades and explosive belts.

Ben Jeddou underlined that the fight against this scourge is an irreversible national choice to which all the Tunisian citizens should adhere. Fighting against terrorism is to accept the possible losses of this commitment, the Minister pointed out, citing the case of the USA and Russia.

The Security Forces and the Army are determined to fight this phenomenon, he underlined. He highlighted the attachment to reveal all the truth on the political assassinations having targeted martyrs Chokri Belaid and Mohamed Brahmi as well as the terrorist aggression which targeted the members of the security and the National Army.

The Ministry, he further stressed, decided to present the exhaustive list of all the individuals involved in the terrorist crimes.

In turn, spokesman of the National Guard Tarek Amraoui reviewed the items seized in the house were the terrorist sought refuge in Raoued, namely 600 kg of TNT, three Kalachnikov, Steyr rifles, explosives and a large quantity of ammunitions.

For his part, Interior Ministry's spokesman Mohamed Ali Laroui presented a video film on the raids in Raoued with images of the terrorists killed including Kamel Gadhgadhi. Answering a question on the assault of Monday evening, against a border guard post in Feriana (governorate of Kasserine) by terrorists, the National Guard spokesman described the attack as a desperate action led in reaction against the security operation in Raoued, without causing casualties.

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