Tunisia announces killing of Jund al-Khilafa’s leader
TUNIS - A leader of a jihadist group that shot dead a soldier at his home has been hunted down and killed in a central region of Tunisia, the defence ministry said Wednesday.
"After giving chase to an armed group on the night of November 8 in the Mount Salloum area, military units gunned down the terrorist Talal Saidi," a leader of the Jund al-Khilafa group, on Mount Mghilla, it said.
The Islamic State jihadist group claimed responsibility for the killing of the soldier at his home in the central region that is a major hideout for Sunni Muslim militants.
The ministry said Saidi, from the restive region of Sidi Bouzid, was the leader of the group which killed the soldier on November 5.
Since Tunisia's 2011 revolution, security forces have been battling a jihadist movement responsible for the deaths of dozens of soldiers and police officers as well as civilians.
A total of 59 tourists have also been killed.
The country has been under a state of emergency for almost a year following a string of deadly attacks in 2015, claimed by groups affiliated with ISIS and Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb.