Tunisia says it has broken up a terrorist organization

A protesters waves a flag and shouts “Allahu Akbar” (God is Greatest) during a demonstration outside the parliamentary building in Tunis Dec. 3, 2011. (Reuters)

A protesters waves a flag and shouts “Allahu Akbar” (God is Greatest) during a demonstration outside the parliamentary building in Tunis Dec. 3, 2011.

Tunisia has broken up a “terrorist organization” and arrested 12 members who had received military training in Libya and were seeking to set up an Islamic state, Interior Minister Ali Larayed said on Monday.

Larayed, a senior member of the moderate Islamist Ennahda party that now leads Tunisia’s government, said that a further nine members of the group were on the run inside Libya.

“Those accused in this case had mostly been in prison on terrorism charges and a number of them received training in Libya during the Libyan revolution,” he told reporters.

“We have confiscated several weapons including 25 Kalashnikov rifles and 2,500 bullets … They were intending to establish an Islamist state.”

It was not immediately clear whether the group was plotting any specific attacks.

(english.alarabiya.net / 13.02.2012)

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