3 August 2014

Tunisia: Sbeïtla Attack - Defence, Interior Ministries Issue Joint Press Release

Tunis — The National Defence and Interior Ministries issued, Sunday, a joint press release following the terrorist attack on Sbeïtla barracks, on Saturday evening, during which a serviceman was killed.

"An armed terrorist group attempted Saturday, at about 11 PM, to attack Sbeïtla military barracks and was intercepted by a soldier standing guard. Military units and internal security forces were dispatched to the scene to push back and surround terrorists," reads the press release.

Soldier Mohamed Ben Mohamed Habib Chebbi was shot in the exchange of fire as terrorists were tracked down; he was taken to the regional hospital of Kasserine where he died while undergoing surgery.

A civilian was also injured and is presently in a stable condition, the press release pointed out.

"Ten people whose implication in this terrorist attack was established were apprehended," the two ministries indicated.

"Several others were injured among the group that attacked the barracks and fled on board 4X4 cars."

The combing operation is in progress in coordination with the national security forces, they added.

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