On September 1, the General Administration of the Tunisian National Guard announces a seizure of Kalashnikovs and ammunition in Ben Guerdane (South). On September 2, three terrorists were killed on the heights of Mont Salloum, in the governorate of Kasserine (Centre-Ouest). Facts that remind Tunisians that the terrorist threat still hovers.
A phenomenon that emerged in the post-revolutionary confusion, thanks to the complacency of certain political leaders and which experienced an alarming peak in 2015 with the attacks on the Bardo museum and El Kantaoui, followed in March 2016 by an armed offensive in Ben Guerdane .
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From Kasserine, where he is on the lookout for security developments, Borhen Yahyaoui, journalist and author of KalashSteyran investigation into the career and fall of a powerful local emir published in 2019 by Zayneb editions, brush for Young Africa a picture of the reality of jihadism in Tunisia.
Capcov: Do recent incidents herald a resumption of the terrorist phenomenon?
Since 2014, the operations fomented by terrorist groups have not really ceased, whether in the west, especially on the mountains around Kasserine, including Salloum and Chaambi, or in the south, such as Ben Guerdane, which is a crossing point to Libya.
But for the most part, the jihadists no longer seek to go into confrontation and are on the contrary hunted down by the security forces. As for the weapons, there also the fact is not new. Since 2012, terrorist groups, with the support of Daech or Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (Aqmi), have been transporting weapons and people through this porous area that is the Libyan border.
Does the Libyan conflict, which is entering a new phase of confrontations, influence the situation of terrorism? in Tunisia?