Takfiri cell broken up in capital
20/11/2017 17:38, TUNIS/Tunisia

(TAP) - A three-member Takfiri cell operating in Sidi Hassine in the capital and organising departures to conflict zones was broken up by the National Unit of Investigation into Organised Crime under the special services of the national security.

According to a statement issued by the Interior Ministry on Monday, the detainees admitted during their interrogation that they support terrorist organisations and that they are in contact through the Internet with several people in conflict zones.

They also admitted that they plan to go to Syria to join terrorist groups, the source said.

Two people were taken into custody, the first residing in Manouba, and the second in Tunis, for alleged links with a terrorist in Syria who must organise their departure to join terrorist groups in that country, added the press release.

The Interior Ministry also said the National Unit of Investigation into Organised Crime has also placed in custody a third person living in Tozeur.

The individual followed Daesh's publications on the Internet and said during his interrogation he was fully prepared to commit a terrorist operation against the country.

Brought before the Judicial Counter-Terrorism Division, the detainees were subject of a detention warrant.

The Interior Ministry also said that the Investigation Brigade of the Tabarka National Guard (Jendouba Governorate) dismantled a terrorist cell composed of four individuals aged between 20 and 30 years.

During their interrogation, these people recognised that they are followers of a Takfiri ideology, said the Interior Ministry, adding that they were engaged in indoctrinating young people to join the Daesh organisation in Libya and Syria.

After consultation with the Prosecutor's Office, the Investigation Brigade of the Tabarka National Guard initiated a criminal investigation against these people for "suspicion of belonging to a terrorist organisation".

The detainees were handed over to the National Terrorist Investigation Unit of the El Aouina National Guard to complete the investigation.

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