A member of the anti-terrorist police forces (BAT) patrols near a house where suspected Islamist militants were hidden in Raoued, near Tunis, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Aimen Zine)
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Seven Islamist militants and a Tunisian policeman were killed in a gun battle after police raided a house in Tunis where weapons, explosives and suicide bomb belts were found, a security source said.Since last year, Tunisian armed forces have cracked down on the hardline Islamist Ansar al-Sharia faction, which Washington has listed as a terrorist organisation and whose leader has declared allegiance to al Qaeda.Three years after its uprising inspired revolts across the Arab world, Tunisia is led by a new caretaker government that took over after the moderate Islamist Ennahda party stepped down in a compromise to end a political crisis.
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