Defense Ministry spokesman Belhassen Oueslati announced on Thursday, May 19, that Tunisian Army units had killed Seif Eddine Jammali, also known as Abu KaaKaa,on Wednesday near Jebel (Mount) Mghilla in the governorate of Kasserine.
The Ministry of Defense subsequently issued a press release stating that Jammali had been intercepted on a road near Ain Zyana, adding that search operations for other suspected terrorists in the area were ongoing.
According to the same source Jammali was an important member of the Islamic State affiliate group Jund Al-Khilafah.
In addition to his Steyer assault rifle, Jammali was killed while wearing a suicide vest, additional explosives materials and ammunition were also found on his person.
The Islamic State affiliated, Jund al-Khilafah, claimed responsibility for the Bardo and Sousse attacks, and in November also claimed to be behind a suicide bombing in central Tunis which killed twelve members of Tunisia’s Presidential Guard as they boarded a bus to shuttle them from the Ministry of the Interior to the Presidential Palace in Carthage. Tunisian officials have stated that the explosives used in the Tunis bomb attack were of a ‘similar type’ to explosives seized earlier in 2015 which had been fabricated in Libya.