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Tunisia police kill ambush suspects

A Tunisian military operation has killed nine suspected terrorists and captured four, all of whom are believed to have been behind an ambush that left two police officers dead.

The ambush in north-western Tunisia on Thursday set off demonstrations by police officers who want the government to take a tougher stance against terrorism, including reinstating powers they had under former dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.

Interior Ministry spokesman Mohamed Ali Aroui said yesterday that explosives and rifles were seized during the three-day military operation, which also found plans for terrorist attacks and assassinations.

He said the people killed and captured belong to Ansar al-Sharia, which Tunisia recently classified as a terrorist organisation for its alleged involvement in the assassination of two opposition politicians earlier this year.

AP

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