Tunisian security forces said Thursday that they had broken up an Al-Qaeda-linked militant cell with ten members that was active near the coastal city of Sousse.
The interior ministry said in a statement that the group had used the Telegram encrypted messaging system to communicate with associates inside and outside Tunisia, and was plotting to carry out “terrorist operations”..
The cell had links to Okba Ibn Nafaa, an Al-Qaeda-linked group based in the Mount Chaambi range near the Algerian border that has claimed attacks against Tunisian security forces, the statement said. Its members were aged between 25 and 45 and included two women, it added.
Tunisian security forces said recently that they had dismantled 160 jihadist cells in the first 10 months of this year, about 45 per cent more than during the whole of 2015.