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)