Tunisian Police Gun Down Three Suspected Militants

Three people, suspected to be militants, have been shot dead in Sousse, Tunisia after a police officer was stabbed on Sunday.

Police officers had given the assailants a chase and shot dead three people.

A policeman reportedly died in the attack in Sousse’s Kantaoui district.

Five years ago a terrorist shot dead 39 foreigners on a beach in Sousse, triggering an exodus of tourists and severely damaging Tunisia’s economy.

Since then Tunisia has grown more effective in preventing and responding to attacks but sleeper cells still pose a real threat to the country, especially with the return of fighters from Syria, Iraq and Libya.

“Terrorists stabbed two policemen at El Kantaoui district, in Sousse. One of them died. The police pursued the terrorists and killed them,” Houssem Jbebli, a National Guard spoksman, told journalists.

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In March, two militants on a motorbike blew themselves up outside the U.S. Embassy in Tunis, killing a policeman and wounding several others.

Hundreds of Tunisians have traveled to Iraq, Syria or Libya in recent years to join Islamic State, and in 2016 members of the group rampaged across the border with Libya and fought the army in a border town, but were repulsed.

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