Jan 23, 2013 Comments Off on Tunisia turning into terror hub – authorities break up a cell spratico
Magharebia-Eleven Tunisians were among 32 terrorists who carried out the In Amenas attack, Algerian Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal said on Monday (January 21st).
The announcement came four days after Tunisian security services dismantled a terrorist network in the south-eastern area of Medenine, along the border with Libya and Algeria.
The anti-terror unit seized hand grenade capsules, a quantity of TNT explosive material, a group of detonators, anti-tank mines and illumination fireworks. They also confiscated more than 1 kilometre of explosive fuse, 1,800 bullets of two different calibres, Kalashnikov cartridges, goggles, military uniforms, communication devices and mattresses for military training.
The suspects allegedly operated an arms-smuggling ring in several regions of the country.
“Tunisia is apparently turning into a corridor for the passage of Libyan weapons to northern Mali,” President Moncef Marzouki said in an interview with France24.
Tunisian jihadists have ties with regional terrorist forces, the president noted.
The Medenine operation, which coincided with the brazen attack on the Algerian gas field, raises the spectre of a growing transnational terror network that seeks to destabilise the region and recruit fighter for Mali.