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Eight killed in Tunisia shootout

Eight people, including a police officer, have died in Tunisia after a day-long stand-off between the National Guard and militants in a seaside Tunis suburb.

Security forces killed seven of the militants in a stand-off that began at 4pm on Monday and ended on Tuesday afternoon.

The National Guard surrounded a house in the Raoued suburb of Tunis acting on information that it was a militant hideout. A gunfight ensued after the force attempted to take the building.

Since the overthrow of Tunisia's dictatorship in 2011, radical Islamists have grown in strength, bolstered by weapons from neighbouring Libya.

AP

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