Militant Killed, One Escapes Ambush by Security Forces in Kef

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National Guard units launched a search operation in area around on Thursday, April 7, after units killed a 'terrorist element' in the Essadine nature reserve Wednesday night following an exchange of gunfire with security forces who had set up an ambush after receiving information concerning militant activity in the area. A Kalashnikov assault rifle and 'two bags' containing 'explosives making materials and instruments' were seized. A second individual who was also on the motorbike was wounded but managed to escape according to a later clarification of the 's written statement by Ministry spokesman Yasser Mesbah. The body was taken to the regional hospital of the Kef and several media sources have identified the dead suspect as Mohamed Ferchichi who was known for militant activity and sought by the Tunisian authorities.