Prime Minister Youssef Chahed, on Sunday, asked Defence Minister Farhat Horchani to head to Kasserine to visit the family of soldier Saïd Ghozlani, who was killed by a terrorist group last Saturday night. Chahed has also instructed the Minister of Justice to offer his condolences to the family members of the martyred soldier, an official source in the office of the Prime Minister told TAP. He also gave instructions to ensure that “no effort will be spared to find the terrorists responsible for this heinous act” and tasked Minister of Health, Samira Merai with providing psychological support to the victim’s family, said the same source. A terrorist group composed of 20 individuals stormed the soldier’s home located on the side of Mount Mghilla in the town of el-Khraïfiya (Kasserine) on Saturday at around 7 p.m. and gunned him down, a source in el-Khraïfiya who requested anonymity told TAP on Sunday morning. Saïd Ghozlani, a young soldier aged 26 with the rank of sergeant, has been stationed in Medenine (South) for two years. Heavy police and military reinforcements were deployed in the region. Extensive sweeping operations are conducted across the area in search for the terrorist group, said military sources.
The National Security Unit of Tajerouine (El Kef) has arrested four individuals who “confessed during police custody to having pledged allegiance to Daesh and created a terrorist cell called the Islamic State Cell in Tunisia,” an Interior Ministry statement said on Tuesday. “Investigations began following the arrest of a Tunisian terrorist in possession of a firearm and a laptop containing messages of terrorist connotation”, the same source reads. According to the statement, the investigation later revealed that the Tunisian had links with three other suspicious individuals, who were wanted before being arrested. Several mobile phones, digital cameras, Central Units and other digital media (CD-ROM) were seized. The four suspects were taken into custody on decision of the Public Prosecutor, the same source reported.
A man was shot dead by security forces at Kilwin a Ouagadougou neighborhood on the night between Saturday 22 and Sunday, October 23, 2016, announced the Minister of Security Simon Compaoré, who made the trip to the scene. Man shot would be a Burkinabe and a recruiter for terrorist acts. Specifically, according to the Director General of the National Police, Lazarus Tarpaga, he recruited young people who were supposed to attack the positions of Burkina Faso’s army. Residents of Kilwin neighborhood went to the national police to report a recruiting young they deemed suspicious. The investigations undertaken have resulted in the need for action.
Security forces raided on the night of Saturday, October 22 to make arrests. The suspect fled and opened fire on the national police who responded, killing him.
Police opened an investigation into a possible terrorist attack after a 22-year-old male Arab resident of Silwan, who was riding a motorcycle on Wednesday night, struck and then proceeded to attack two male Jewish pedestrians on a major thoroughfare outside Jerusalem’s Old City. According to the Police Spokesman Micky Rosenfeld, the incident took place on Derech Hebron, when the unidentified suspect collided with the pedestrians, and then attacked both men with his helmet and fist.