Terror plot foiled in southern Tunisia (Sliti)
12/08/2017 14:34, TUNIS/Tunisia

(TAP)- A terrorist group was dismantled and a terror plot in southern Tunisia was foiled by the anti- terror squad of El Gorjani, Tunis, following an intelligence operation by the Anti-Terror Judicial Pole

Following the interrogation of five suspects in custody, the first investigating judge issued late on Friday night arrest warrants against four out of them and ordered the fifth to remain at liberty, Spokesman for the Prosecutor at the Anti-Terror Judicial Pole Sofiene Sliti Saturday told TAP.

A secret investigation into conspiracy against the internal security of the State by means of tracking the movements of police and the military, exchanging information with terrorists abroad and forming a gang in the Tunisian territory was initiated  three and a half months ago by the Public Prosecutor at the Anti-Terror Judicial Pole, in collaboration with the anti- terror squad.

The plot aimed to send young  people full of enthusiasm for “jihad” to Libya, provide logistical and financial support for terrorists abroad and help terrorists enter Tunisia to carry out terrorist acts targeting police and military headquarters while making the most of the recent unrest in southern Tunisia as was the case in Ben Guerdane in March 2016.

Investigations culminated in uncovering the plot of the terror cell which has operated in Tunisia and established contacts with terrorists in Libya. Five members of the 22-strong cell who were at the time in Tunisia were held in custody by late July.

As the legal deadline for custody expired, the case was referred Friday to the Public Prosecutor at the Anti-Terror Judicial Pole which previously ordered an investigation against 22 suspects, including 5 in custody, 2 at liberty and 15 on the run in Libya on charges of “ terrorist crimes, conspiracy against the internal security of the State and attempting to damage the prestige of the State."

Sliti told TAP this intelligence operation is one of the most successful. Investigations revealed that the plot, similar to the one thwarted in Ben Guerdane in March 2016, was well thought-out as it mobilised the largest possible number of fighters and when it comes to timing.

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