If confirmed, this would represent another major blow to al Qaeda’s Uqba bin Nafi Battalion.
AQIM’s Uqba bin Nafi battalion has now claimed two attacks this month, tying the number of its total attacks for all of last year.
The IED claim is the group’s first since July and just the second attack claim of the year for the small Tunisian Al Qaeda wing.
Yesterday’s ambush was the highest death toll in a terrorist attack in the country since the Islamic State’s foray into Ben Gardane in March 2016.
Yesterday’s claim was just the second released by the group this year. However, al Qaeda Tunisian branch has continued to harass both the local security forces and the local population.