Dec. 28 (EUROPA PRESS) –
A Tunisian court has sentenced to death a man accused of carrying out an attack in July 2018 against a National Guard patrol near Mount Chaambi, located near the border with Algeria.
The convicted man, identified as Jairedín Barhumi, was accused of murder, attempted murder, “causing chaos” and “attacking the State”, among other charges, as reported by the Tunisian station Mosaique FM.
Likewise, in this same case, a man identified as Murad Jazri has been sentenced to 48 years in prison. Both Barhumi and Jazri will also have to pay 130,000 Tunisian dinars (about 39,220 euros) to a fund for victims of terrorist acts.
The authorship of the attack was claimed by the Okba Ibn Nafaa Brigade, which has sworn allegiance to the terrorist organization Al Qaeda and which operates mainly on Mount Chaambi, located in the province of Kasserine. The group suffered a split after several of its members swore allegiance to the Islamic State jihadist group.
The province has been the scene of numerous anti-terrorist operations, especially in several mountainous areas of the province. Tunisia and Algeria share a porous border routinely used by smugglers and used in recent months for the infiltration of fighters and weapons.