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Weapons Cache Discovered as May 11, Mnhila Counterterrorism Raid Continues to Yield Information

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The said in a statement on Tuesday, May 24, that it had discovered a weapons cache in the governorate of Medenine, on the road linking to Tataouine.

 

The National Counterterrorism Brigade (BAT-brigade antiterroriste) discovered the cache in coordination with the , using information received from the confessions of one of the terrorists arrested during a raid on May 11, in the Tunis suburb of Mnhila in the governorate of Ariana.

 

The cache included twenty nine Kalashnikov-type assault rifles, three rocket propelled grenade (RPG) launchers and large quantities of ammunition.

May 11, Mnhila Raid

The arrests began after National Guard units raided a house occupied by what the Ministry of the Interior described as “dangerous terrorists” in the Mnhila neighborhood, a northwestern suburb of Tunis in the Governorate of Ariana on the morning of Wednesday, May 11, killing two militants and arresting 16 others.

 

Hours later, information received from a cellphone recovered during the Mnhila operation led to a second raid in Tataouine.

 

After surrounding a home in Tataouine National Guard units exchanged fire with the terrorists inside, killing one by gunfire although another terrorist entrenched in the building then detonated a suicide vest and managed to kill four members of the National Guard.

 

In addition to sixteen arrests which resulted from initial security operations in or near Mnihla (Governorate of Ariana) a further 21 arrests were made in the days after the Mnhila raid bringing the total number of suspects arrested as a result of the investigation to 37.

 

Subsequent to the raids the Ministry of the Interior declared the suspects in Mnhila, from different regions of Tunisia, were converging on the capital region ‘to prepare synchronized terrorist attacks’ the ministry added that it had discovered links between some of those arrested or killed and the four major terrorist attacks (Bardo, Sousse, Tunis and Ben Guerdane) which have taken place in Tunisia since March of 2015.