Tunisian security agencies have killed eight militants, including the suspected chief architect of a recent deadly attack on Tunis' Bardo Museum, in the southern province of Gafsa, an Interior Ministry source said Sunday.
"Leader of Uqba Ibn Nafi Brigades militant group Khaled al-Shayeb, also known as Luqman Abu Sakhr, was killed in a security operation in Gafsa," the source, requesting anonymity, told The Anadolu Agency.
Ministry spokesman Mohamed Ali Aroui said on Facebook earlier that eight "terrorists" were killed in a major counterterrorism operation in Gafsa.
Interior Minister Najem Gharsalli said last week that that al-Shayeb and Uqba Ibn Nafi Brigades militant group were behind the shooting rampage in Tunis' Bardo museum, which left 23 people – mostly foreign tourists – dead.
Tourists from Italy, Japan, Poland and Spain were among those killed in the attack.