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Tunisia Forces Seize Bomb Cache, Arrest Militants

  • Reuters

A man places a bouquet of flowers on a police van, near the bus that exploded in Tunis, Nov.25, 2015.

A man places a bouquet of flowers on a police van, near the bus that exploded in Tunis, Nov.25, 2015.

Tunisian security forces have arrested two Islamist militants accused in last week's bombing in Tunis and seized a cache of weapons and explosives they were planning to use for more attacks, the interior ministry said.

In a late Sunday raid in Medenine in the south of the country, officials found Kalashnikov rifles, a suicide bomb belt, explosive materials for making car bombs, grenades and detonators, the statement said.

Tunisia is under a state of emergency since Tuesday when a suicide bomber killed 12 people aboard a bus carrying presidential guards in the capital Tunis.

Islamic State has claimed the bombing, the third major militant attack in Tunisia this year following assaults on a beach resort at Sousse and the Bardo museum in the capital, both of which targeted foreign visitors.

A Tunisian security source said the two men arrested on Sunday night were brothers.

Tuesday's attacker was a street seller who lived near Ettadhamen, one of the poorer neighborhoods of Tunis.

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