Hundreds protest against Wahabi terrorism in Tunisia

Hundreds Protest Against Wahabi TerrorismJNN 20 Feb 2014 – Jendouba – More than a thousand protesters gathered on Monday in the Tunisian town of Jendouba to condemn the weekend killings of four people by Wahabi Terrorist.

As the four victims were buried, new Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa said the state would not be undermined by “terrorism.”

On Sunday, Wahabi Terrorist disguised as security officials killed three Tunisian policemen and a civilian in an attack near the border with Algeria, the state news agency TAP said.

“Tunisia is free, terrorism out,” and “Faithful to our martyrs” were among slogans chanted by the protesters outside the governor’s office in the town in northwestern Tunisia.

Interior Ministry’s Spokesman Mohamed Ali Laroui said the group involved in the attack was made up of five individuals including three Tunisians and two Algerians.

Tunisia’s security forces have been battling Terrorist from the banned Wahabi movement Ansar al-Sharia, whose leader has declared allegiance to al-Qaeda’s North Africa wing.

The protesters expressed their support for the security forces, stopping before two police posts, chanting the national anthem and shouting “we are with you.”

Many later joined the separate funerals of the four victims of Saturday’s attack.

The government has also said Ansar al-Sharia was behind the separate assassinations last year of two secular politicians, killings that plunged Tunisia into political turmoil, but the group never claimed responsibility for those or any other attacks.

For more than a year, the security forces have been battling Islamist militants hiding out in the remote border regions of western Tunisia, notably in the Chaambi mountains.

The country has been rocked by sporadic attacks by jihadists since the 2011 revolution that toppled a decades-old dictatorship and touched off Arab Spring uprisings across the region.

On that day, a group of armed men who had set up a roadblock in the Jendouba area, some 40 kilometres (25 miles) from the Algerian border, shot dead a civilian and a prison warden as their car approached, the interior ministry said.

When a National Guard patrol was sent to investigate, the militants again opened fire, killing two policemen and wounding another two.

The armed group consisted of three Tunisians and two Algerians, according to police.

Interior Minister Lotfi Ben Jeddou attended Monday’s funeral of one of the officers.

In Tunis later, Jomaa attended a meeting of the national security council alongside President Moncef Marzouki and Ben Jeddou.

“I assure you that the morale of the security forces is strong. There is a determination” on their part, he told journalists in remarks broadcast on state television after the meeting.

“These terrorists had a plan to undermine the state. Because they could not do so, now they want to undermine the confidence that has returned in the citizens,” he added.

A government of independents led by Jomaa and tasked with steering Tunisia to fresh elections took the oath on January 30, replacing an Islamist-led administration under a hard-won deal to end months of political turmoil.

Much of the deadly violence witnessed in Tunisia since the January 2011 uprising has been blamed on Ansar al-Sharia, a hardline Wahabi / Salafist movement accused of having links to Al-Qaeda.

Ansar al-Sharia was one of the most hardline Islamist groups to emerge after Tunisia’s 2011 uprising against autocrat Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, whose government often jailed Islamist leaders.

For more than a year, the security forces have been battling Islamist militants hiding out in the remote border regions of western Tunisia, notably in the Chaambi mountains.

One of the Arab world’s most secular countries, Tunisia has progressed in its transition to democracy after the revolt, with a new constitution praised for its modernity and elections scheduled for this year.

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