Tunisia’s Interior Ministry said on Thursday that security forces in the country had raided and destroyed a terrorist hideout.
The said hideout consisted of three young women aged 17 to 28 years and two men aged 19 and 31 years.The five suspects who are in custody have confessed being in contact with “terrorist elements” in Libya and Algeria, using pseudonyms, via social networks.
The dismantled cell sought to recruit new militias and operated between the towns of Sidi Bouzid in central Tunisia, Béja in the north-east, and the capital Tunis.
Tunisia was the first North African country to overthrow its leader during the so-called Arab Spring of 2011, but extremism and terrorism still shakes its fragile democracy.
Islamic State attacks on a Tunisian beach resort and art museum last year killed some 60 people, mostly foreign tourists.