If confirmed, this would represent another major blow to al Qaeda’s Uqba bin Nafi Battalion.
Today’s suicide bombings demonstrate the Islamic State’s residual threat to the North African country.
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.
Al Qaeda’s Uqba bin Nafi Battalion claimed its first attack since October 2018.
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.
The army will be protecting government installations, following an incident in which protesters burned a security headquarters near the Algerian border, prompting police to flee.
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.
AQIM’s Uqba bin Nafi battalion claimed an IED blast on Tunisian troops close to the Algerian border. This is the second claim in two months for the jihadist group.
The Defense Department has confirmed that Boubaker al-Hakim, a French-Tunisian Islamic State leader, was killed in Raqqa, Syria on Nov. 26. Al-Hakim had ties to Ansar al Sharia Tunisia, an al Qaeda-affiliated group, before defecting to the Islamic State’s cause. He admittedly assassinated one Tunisian politician in 2013 and knew the assailants responsible for a second slaying.
The claim marks the first group’s first attack since July and an earlier ambush in March.
The Tunisian state continues to face a jihadist threat from both the Kasserine region and what is emanating from the Libyan border.
The Treasury Department announced today that three Islamic State officials have been sanctioned. One is a senior official in the “caliphate’s” oil and gas division. A second was the deputy leader of the Mujahideen Shura Council in the Environs of Jerusalem before swearing allegiance to Abu Bakr al Baghdadi and agreeing to establish a foothold for the Islamic State in Gaza. The third is the group’s “chief religious advisor.”
The Islamic State has claimed three attacks in the North African country. The latest, a suicide bombing, was intended to show that Tunisia is not safe, according to the jihadist group.
While Tunisia has made claims the Uqba bin Nafi battalion has been defeated, the al Qaeda group remains a threat to the country’s security.
The Islamic State has issued a statement claiming responsibility for yesterday’s massacre in Sousse, Tunisia. The death toll has risen to at least 38 people and Tunisian authorities say the victims were primarily British, German, and French citizens.
Three terrorists attacks in France, Kuwait and Tunisia have killed dozens. The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing on a Shiite mosque in Kuwait.
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Twenty of the victims were visiting from Western nations and elsewhere, which the Islamic State referred to as “Crusader countries.”
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Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb’s (AQIM) Uqba bin Nafi Battalion has claimed credit for an attack that killed four members of Tunisia’s National Guard. The group remains loyal to AQIM despite some claims that it had defected to Abu Bakr al Baghdadi’s Islamic State.
The army shelled terrorist “hideouts” in mounts Salloum and Samama in Kasserine. A Libyan National Army spokesman identified a Tunisian as the leader of Islamic State militants in Tripoli; Tunisia is one of the largest sources of jihadist fighters.
Tunisia arrested 32 Islamists for “planning terror attacks against buildings belonging to the country’s Ministry of Interior, security posts and civilian targets.” A general strike was declared at the country’s two main border crossings with Libya in protest of excessive force by police.
The Interior Ministry announced that it arrested 32 extremists who were plotting spectacular attacks on “civilian and military sites around the country.” Operations to apprehend more suspects remain ongoing in Kasserine, near the Algerian border.
The Interior Ministry announced that security forces broke up a terrorist plot to “attack vital sites in the southern and eastern parts of Tunisia;” 15 people were arrested. The new government will be announced on Feb. 2.
Tunisia’s Ambassador to Libya Ridha Boukadi said that two journalists kidnapped by the Islamic State in Libya were alive, despite the jihadist group’s announcement of their execution. National Guard units arrested a “‘dangerous’ terrorist” in an ambush conducted in Sidi Bouzid.
President Beji Caid Essebsi urged support for Tunisian security forces in the country’s “war on terrorism.” A soldier was wounded in the neck after he was attacked with a “sharp object by unknown persons” in a suburb of Tunis.
Police reportedly arrested two “terror suspects” in the city of Gafsa and broke up a “terror cell in Medjez El Bab (Beja province) that was planning attacks on public facilities, police and army forces.” The Tunisian National Army launched counterterrorism operations in Forsane and the Mount Ouergha areas.
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