IS claims domestic murder of Tunisian soldier

IS claims domestic murder of Tunisian soldier
A Tunisian soldier who was found dead in his home on Saturday evening, was killed by an IS militant, the group has claimed
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06 November, 2016
The soldier was killed at home on Saturday evening [Getty]

A Tunisian soldier found dead in his home was killed by an Islamic State group fighter, a media outlet affiliated with the militants has claimed.

The man was killed in a central region of the country that is a major hideout for militant groups.

"A Tunisian soldier was assassinated in his home yesterday at the hands of Islamic State fighters in Mount Mghilla," the IS-affiliated Amaq news agency said.

It identified the soldier via an ID card posted online including his name and rank which shows he was in the air force.

Public television reported late Saturday that a soldier was murdered at his home by unidentified attackers.

Army and national guard units had launched a search for the attackers, defence ministry spokesman Belhassen Oueslati said but no official statement was made.

In late October, at least three soldiers were killed and six others wounded in a blast targeting their vehicle near Tunisia's Mount Sammama, a hideout for extremists at war with the authorities.

Since a revolution in 2011, Tunisian security forces have been battling a militant movement responsible for the deaths of dozens of soldiers and police officers as well as civilians, including a total of 59 tourists.

The country has been under a state of emergency since a string of deadly attacks in 2015, claimed by groups affiliated with IS and al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM).

IS carried out three major attacks on Tunisian soil in 2015, killing 72 people.

In March 2015, militants killed 21 tourists and a policeman at the National Bardo Museum in Tunis.

The following month, 30 Britons were among 38 foreign holidaymakers killed in a gun and grenade attack on a beach resort near the Tunisian city of Sousse.

That November, a suicide bombing in the capital killed 12 members of the presidential guard.

Authorities responded by declaring a state of emergency and a curfew in Tunis. The curfew was later lifted, but the state of emergency has remained in place.

In March, dozens of militants attacked security installations in the town of Ben Guerdane on the border with Libya, killing 13 members of the security forces. 

Seven civilians and 55 extremists were killed, according to an official toll.

Meanwhile, several thousand Tunisians have travelled abroad to join militant groups in Iraq, Syria and Libya and become the largest contingent of foreign fighters for IS.