Tunisian National Guards units, in coordination with the army, have managed to kill two terrorist elements in the mountainous area of Orbata in Gafsa, southwestern Tunisia, as part of an “accurate and successful intelligence operation,” said the country’s National Guards spokesman according to aawsat.com.
Colonel Houcem Eddine Jebabli said that the competent units have sent the terrorists’ corps to the forensic doctor to be identified.
Two Kalashnikovs, ammunition, hand grenades, as well as electric detonators were seized with the two terrorists, who had pledged allegiance to ISIS.
According to Tunisian security sources, one of the terrorist elements was Algerian national Abu Ayman al-Wahrani who used to plan the terrorist operations and lead the training of other elements.
Wahrani also participated in a number of terrorist operations that targeted security personnel and soldiers in Western cities.
The other terrorist element, however, was Tunisian and had joined terrorists in the mountains nearly three years ago.
The two elements were among the most dangerous commanders hiding in the mountains of Gafsa and Kasserine adjacent areas (south and central Tunisia), same sources noted.
They pointed out that they had both participated in terrorizing inhabitants of the mountainous areas and forcibly seized, using force of arms, food and private property.
They were arrested after leaving the mountains due to a successful ambush and accurate intelligence as they were planning to target security patrols in the area.
Last Thursday, Tunisian Interior Minister Hisham al-Furati announced arresting a number of terrorist elements, who were planning to target the country’s stability, including the Tunis-Carthage International Airport.
He said these elements were planning to disrupt Tunisia’s stability and attack security and military units and vital sectors.
The level of terrorist threats remains, Furati noted, stressing that vigilance is a crucial, in coordination with the military establishment, especially on the eastern Tunisian border with Libya and the western borders with Algeria.