Tunisia: almost 2,000 police deployed in resorts, minister

Terrorist that inspired Sousse attacker killed, 12 arrests

02 July, 18:40

    Members of the Tunisian Security Services at the site of a terror attack on a beach outside the Imperial Marhaba Hotel, al-Sousse Members of the Tunisian Security Services at the site of a terror attack on a beach outside the Imperial Marhaba Hotel, al-Sousse

    TUNIS - Tunisia's minister for relations with civil society, Kamal Jendoubi, said Thursday that the fight against terrorism concerned all countries and not just his own. The comment was made during a press conference.

    On the investigations into the recent killings at a Sousse tourist resort, he said that 12 people had been arrested and that eight - including one woman - were still in detention.

    He added that there are 1,770 police deployed across the country at hotels and beaches to ensure safety at tourism facilities. Since an attack on Tunis's Bardo museum, security forces have carried out thousands of searches and questioned 1,000 people, arresting 120 for terrorism-related crimes. On the issue of state control of mosques, Jendoubi said that Béchir Ben Hassan, imam in Msaken, and Ridha Belhaj, spokesman for the Salafi party Hizb Al-Tahrir and imam of the Sidi Abdelhamid mosque, had been ordered to stop using mosques for political ends. ''The war against terrorism will be long, but Tunisia will win,'' the minister said.

    The Tunisian authorities confirmed on Thursday that the leader of the terrorist organization Ansar Al-Sharia, Seifallah Ben Hassine alias Abou Iyadh, was killed in a US drone attack on the Algerian terrorist Mokhtar Belmokhtar. The Daily Mail reports that he was the one to inspire Seifeddine Rezgui, the attacker in the recent Sousse killings. Ben Hassine, one of the founders of Ansar Al-Sharia, the largest jihadist group in Tunisia, had moved in the late 1990s to the British capital and became a follower of Abu Qatada, a Jordanian preacher who lived in the UK prior to being expelled in 2013. Ben Hassine stayed in London for about 3 years prior to establishing Ansar Al-Sharia in Tunisia in 2011. The group allegedly indoctrinated Rezgui.(ANSAmed).

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