Tunisia: govt says 25 mosques remain in hands of extremists

Campaign to'recapture' of places of worship by religion ministry

27 August, 15:19

    (ANSAmed) - TUNIS, AUGUST 27 - Twenty-five mosques in Tunisia are still in the hands of extremist religious groups, the country's ministry of religious affairs said Wednesday.

    The ministry has launched a campaign for the 'recapture' of places of worship, noting that the number of mosques under extremist control was 149 at the beginning of the year out of a total of 5000 mosques in the country. Many imams contest the figures, saying the number of mosques still in the hands of radicals is much greater, while others are against state interference in places of worship. The government campaign will end before political elections are held on October 26, said Religious Affairs Minister Mounir Tlili said.

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