By News desk
Tunisian special forces has killed no fewer than three suspected Islamic State militants during clashes in mountains near the Algerian border.
The country’s forces killed the militants days after Islamic State had released pictures of militants carrying weapons in mountains where they have hidden for years, a security official disclosed.
“Our forces killed three terrorists suspected of belonging to Daesh after clashes in the Saloum mountains in Kasserine,” Colonel Houssem Jbebli told newsmen, using an Arabic acronym for the group.
One of the Arab world’s most secular nations, Tunisia became a target for militants after being hailed as a beacon of democratic change with an uprising against autocrat Zine Abidine Ben Ali in 2011.
Some militants operate in remote areas near the border with Algeria.
Tunisia suffered three major attacks in 2015, including two against tourists, one at a museum in Tunis and the second on a beach in Sousse. The third targeted presidential guards in the capital. All three attacks were claimed by Islamic State.
After collapsing, tourism has since gradually recovered.