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Security Council Freezes Assets of 26 Tunisian Terrorists, 3 Organizations

Security Council Freezes Assets of 26 Tunisian Terrorists, 3 Organizations

Wednesday, 29 May, 2019 - 07:15
People stand outside a closed court during in Tunis, Tunisia November 22, 2018. REUTERS/Zoubeir Souissi
Tunis - Mongi Saidani
The UN Security Council froze the assets of 26 Tunisians and three organizations involved in terrorism cases. Those included in the council’s list are Ansar Al-Sharia, Uqba ibn Nafi battalion, which is affiliated with al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, and Jund al-Khilafah.

The list also mentioned a group of dangerous terrorists: Saif Allah Bin Hussein, founder of Ansar al-Sharia who is also accused of several terrorist cases, including the political assassinations in Tunisia in 2013. It also included Mohammed al-Awadi, the military commander of Ansar al-Sharia. Notably, this group has been prohibited in the country since 2013.

The court sentenced Awadi to 20 years in prison for his implication in terrorist activities and planning for political assassinations.

Tunisia’s National Counter-Terrorism Commission President Mokhtar Ben Nasr has announced, since November, the third batch of decisions on freezing funds and economic resources against terrorists.

Omar Hanin, assistant undersecretary of the republic at Ben Arous, denied that the three suspects of the attack on Rades are related to the extremist intellect as rumored by media.

Meanwhile, judicial sources revealed on Saturday that a quarrel erupted between a coffee shop owner and employees in Rades, in addition to four individuals who were in a car. Things later calmed down. After a period of time, they returned with a crowd holding sticks and attacked the shop.

The Tunisian Ministry of Interior confirmed that the attack has no links to extremists.

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