Hundreds of Tunisians took to the streets in Jandouba, to the west of Tunis, on Monday to protest against terrorism after an armed gang attacked and killed four people on Saturday night, including two policemen.
Protesters, who gathered in front of Jandouba’s ruler, chanted: “Tunisia is free, terrorism is out and honour to martyrs.” They also showed their support for military forces as they stood before the police station and sang the national anthem.
On Sunday, the Tunisian Ministry of the Interior announced the death of four Tunisians killed by an armed group. It said that a patrol from the national guards service headed to Jandouba after news about the armed group had been received.
In a statement the ministry said: “When the police patrol arrived in Jandouba, four terrorists opened fire, killing two policemen and wounding two others.” The same group, the statement said, stopped a civilian car and killed two passengers.
Military reinforcements were sent to the area and the ministry announced a search had started. According to police, the group consisted of five members; three Tunisians and two Algerians.
AFP reported that the ambush was 40 kilometres away from the Algerian borders and 150 kilometres from Tunis, the capital.