Tunisia: US-Libyan forces capture Ansar al-Sharia chief

Jihadist allegedly plotted 2012 attack on US embassy in Tunis

30 December, 16:56

    Gente alla finestra della moschea al-Fatah di Tunisi circondata dalla polizia per la cattura di Abou Iyadh (archive) Gente alla finestra della moschea al-Fatah di Tunisi circondata dalla polizia per la cattura di Abou Iyadh (archive)

    (ANSAmed) - ROME, - The leader of Tunisian jihadist organization Ansar al-Sharia, Abou Iyadh, was arrested Monday in Libya during a joint US-Libyan special forces operation, Tunisian website Business News reported. Several fellow jihadists were also arrested during the operation, which took place at dawn in the city of Misrata. Abou Iyadh, whose real name is Saifallah Benahssine, allegedly planned a September 14, 2012 attack on the US embassy in Tunis during a demonstration by hundreds of protesters against an anti-Islamic film produced in the US and released on the Internet.

    Four assailants died and dozens of protesters were wounded in that incident.

    A trial for that assault ended in May with suspended two-year sentences against 20 defendants. Ansar al-Sharia is the jihadist component of Tunisian Salafism. (ANSAmed).

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