Tunisian riot police stand guard at the stadium of Rades, near Tunis, during a football match match between Club Africain and Olympic Sidi Bouzid, Feb. 21, 2016, as the Tunisian government extended the state of emergency begun November 2015.
Tunisian riot police stand guard at the stadium of Rades, near Tunis, during a football match match between Club Africain and Olympic Sidi Bouzid, Feb. 21, 2016, as the Tunisian government extended the state of emergency begun November 2015.

Tunisian police killed three Islamist militants in the central city of Sidi Bouzid on Saturday, a security source told Reuters.

Police seized weapons in the operation, the source added, without giving details.

The Interior Ministry said early Saturday that the security forces foiled attacks planned in the holy month of Ramadan after they arrested “a dangerous terrorist” this week.

One of the Arab world’s most secular nations, Tunisia became a target for militants after being hailed as a beacon of democratic change with an uprising against autocrat Zine Abidine Ben Ali in 2011.

Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi, center, lays a wreath at the entrance of the National Bardo Museum in Tunis to pay tribute to the victims of the deadly attack last week claimed by the Islamic State jihadist group, March 22, 2015.
7 Get Life in Prison for Tunisia's 2015 Terror Attacks
A lawyer says Tunisian authorities have given seven suspects life in prison and handed out other sentences in the trial over two separate 2015 attacks in Tunisia that killed some 60 people, mainly tourists. Samir Ben Amor, the lawyer for one of the 44 defendants, said the verdicts were handed down Saturday for the deadly attack against the country's famous Bardo Museum and a massacre at a popular seaside resort. He says other defendants received jail terms ranging from 16 years to six months, while…

Tunisia suffered three major attacks in 2015, including two against tourists, one at a museum in Tunis and the second on a beach in Sousse. The third targeted presidential guards in the capital. 

All three attacks were claimed by Islamic State. After collapsing, tourism has since gradually recovered.

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