Tunis (Tunisia): Tunisian security forces say they arrested seven people near the border with Algeria over links to militants.
The official TAP news agency quoted the Interior Ministry spokesman today saying the suspects belonged to a network that was "specialised in recruiting and assigning religious fanatics to bases of al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb," whose leadership is based in Algeria.
Ministry spokesman Khaled Tarrouche said two of the seven were arrested Thursday in a rented car containing four suitcases filled with electrical wires, explosives, weapons, munitions, combat clothes and maps. TAP cited Tarrouche as saying two other passengers in the car who`d fled were later arrested. Three more suspects were also arrested.
President Moncef Marzouki recently warned that "danger is at our doorstep" with Islamist militants procuring trafficked Libyan arms.