Two Tunisian jihadis were killed on Monday while trying to cross the border to join the Islamic State in Libya, al-Naba, the terror group’s online publication has announced on Thursday.
The paper revealed that they were members of “Tunisia’s Soldiers of Caliphate Battalion”, adding that they clashed with Tunisian security forces in the border city of Bin Girdane. The paper identified one of the men with his jihadi alias of Abu Dijana al-Tunisi whom it said has blown his explosive vest killing himself and wounding 4 policemen. The other militant was shot dead by the police after he refused to surrender.
Reports in the Tunsian media identified the men as Samir bin Youssef and Thakir Abua’jailah who were said to be on Tunisia's list of wanted terrorists.
The incident suggests that the recruitment network of Islamic State’s Libyan affiliate is still active, at least through the Tunisian route. It could also confirm recent reports that the Islamic State was regrouping in the country’s central and eastern regions.