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    Tunisia Foils Daesh Plan to Seize Country's Southern Territories

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    Tunisian authorities foiled a terrorist plot to seize territory in the country's south.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Tunisian authorities foiled a terrorist plot of the Islamic State (Daesh) terrorist group, targeting police and military in order to seize territory in the country's south, media reported Tuesday, citing the country's Interior Ministry.

    According to the Europe 1 radio, the Tunisian Interior Ministry uncovered a terrorist plot aimed at attacking police and army units located on the country's southern territories in order to take control over them, as it was in 2016, when militants attempted to seize the city of Ben Gardane but were repelled by the army.

    This year's plan was reportedly focused on entering the country's military and security buildings and carrying out terror attacks. A total of five people involved in the plot were arrested, the broadcaster reported.

    In March 2016, the militants attacked army, police and the National Guard positions in the center of Ben Gardane, leaving at least 18 civilians dead.

    The security situation in Tunisia became tense after the country was hit by three deadly terrorist attacks in 2015, which killed over 70 people and injured over 100 others. Daesh claimed responsibility for all three attacks.

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