Defense Ministry spokesman, Belhassen Oueslati confirmed on March 8, that a further six militants had been killed in the area of Benniri in the outskirts of Ben Guerdane (Governorate of Medenine) on Tuesday evening after clashes with security forces.
Local media are reporting that the clashes began around 10:15 p.m. after a search operation centered around a Hilux type pickup truck which had been reported to the authorities after it was seen driving after the start of a 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew. After the pickup truck was located, security forces searched the area where Tunisian army special forces and the Counter Terrorism Brigade (B.A.T. Brigade Anti-Terroriste) located the militants in a house approximately 7 km from the city center of Ben Guerdane.
There are no reports of injuries amongst the security forces, nor are there any reports of militants having been taken into custody.
Belhassen Oueslati stated that four Kalashnikovs were seized and a search operation was still underway.
The standoff in Benniri comes a day after unprecedented heavy fighting in the city center of Ben Guerdane near the Libyan border.
On Monday, March 7, approximately fifty militants simultaneously attacked security personnel and installations including a military barracks in a day long attack that began at dawn resulting in nearly sixty deaths, including twelve security personnel and seven civilians.
Belhassen Oueslati told Tunis Afrique Presse (TAP) that earlier on Tuesday a further sixteen suspected militants were arrested near the military barracks of Ben Guerdane after gunshots were heard.
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