Tunisia Kills 5 Islamist Militants’ In Gafsa Mountain Operation

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Tunisian security forces have killed five suspected Islamist militants in the mountains near the central town of Gafsa, officials say. The operation is ongoing, an interior ministry spokesman told AP news agency. BBC reports:

Tunisia has declared a state of emergency after 38 tourists were killed in an attack by an Islamist gunman in the beach resort of Sousse on 26 June. Thousands of British tourists have left the country after a new travel alert from the UK foreign office.

It said that another terror attack in the country was “highly likely” and urged Britons to leave. Other countries like Germany and France, however, have not followed suit.

France, which accounts for the largest number of tourists in Tunisia, says its nationals should be “particularly vigilant” but has stopped short of telling them to leave. Germany said it was sending a team to assess the security situation in Tunisia in the next few days.

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