Investigation into existence of terrorist group "Al Mahdi in southern Tunisia" and its involvement in Nice attack, initiated
30/10/2020 13:25, TUNIS/Tunisia

(TAP)-The Public Prosecutor's Office at the judicial counter-terrorism division ordered the initiation of an investigation into the alleged existence of the terrorist group "Al Mahdi in southern Tunisia" and its potential involvement in the terrorist attack in Nice on Thursday.

Information officer and deputy public prosecutor at the Tunis Court of First Instance Mohsen Dali told TAP on Friday that the initiation of this investigation follows a publication on the social networks of an individual who claims to belong to the group "Al Mahdi in southern Tunisia" who allegedly claimed responsibility for the Nice attack.

The French police had reported on Thursday that a man attacked several people with a knife in the basilica of Notre-Dame de l'Assomption in Nice, killing three persons, including a woman, and injuring others. The assailant had been shot during his arrest and taken to hospital.

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