21 jihadists, 4 civilians killed in Tunisia fighting: new toll

 07 Mar 2016 - 13:14

21 jihadists, 4 civilians killed in Tunisia fighting: new toll
File photo of Tunisian soldiers standing guard at the border crossing at Ras Jdir Ben Guerdane, in this picture taken December 5, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer/Files

 

Tunis: Tunisian security forces killed 21 jihadists who attacked police and army posts near the Libyan border on Monday triggering fighting in which four civilians were also killed, the government said.

"Police and army units killed 21 terrorists and captured six after police and National Guard posts as well as an army barracks in Ben Guerdane were targeted in coordinated attacks by armed terrorist groups," the defence and interior ministries said in a joint statement.

Four civilians were also killed in the clashes, the statement said, adding that the death toll was preliminary.

AFP