09 Jul '18, 4pm

Al Qaeda wing ambushes police officers in northern Tunisia

Militants from the Uqba bin Nafi Battalion in a 2015 photo release. Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb’s (AQIM) branch in Tunisia, the Uqba bin Nafi Battalion, claimed credit for a deadly assault on Tunisian police officers yesterday near Ghardimau in northwestern Tunisia. Yesterday’s statement is the first claimed attack by Uqba bin Nafi since last December. At least six police officers were killed after the jihadists ambushed their patrol with grenades and small-arms fire near Ghardimau in Jendouba Governorate. In Uqba bin Nafi’s statement, it claimed to have killed nine police officers – but estimates in news reports later lowered that number. Uqba bin Nafi also said its forces captured several weapons, including FN FAL rifles and heavy machine guns. The group’s last claim came in December when it took responsibility for an improvised explosive device (IED) ambush on a Tun...

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