The Tunisian authorities have arrested 32 terrorist suspects in connection with a major plot to attack several “highly strategic” targets on Feb. 3.
Local radio broadcaster Express reported that the attacks targeted the Ministry of the Interior, the headquarters of the anti-terrorist forces in El Gorjani, a national guard barracks at El Aouina, the headquarters of the security forces in Bardo, police outposts in southern areas, hotels, and industrial sites in Gabes and Rades.
The plot involved the simultaneous detonation of car bombs on the day after Habib Essid’s new government received a vote of confidence.
Express reported that those arrested had had contact with the Islamic State in Syria and with Okba ibn Nafa militants, a branch of the Ansar al-Sharia group based on Mount Chaambi, on the Algerian border.
The suspects were from Tunisia, Syria and Libya.