Tunisian soldiers surround a house in Oued Ellil, west of Tunis after heavy exchanges of gunfire in Tunis October 23, 2014. REUTERS/Anis Mili
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A Tunisian policeman was killed and another wounded Thursday when security forces clashed with Islamist militants on the outskirts of Tunis, three days before parliamentary elections which voters hope will help them advance toward full democracy.Tunisia has struggled to subdue hardline Islamists and jihadists opposed to the transition to democracy following the 2011 fall of Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, and the military has cracked down hard on militants in the run up to the election.Earlier this month, security forces arrested a group of Islamist militants, including two women, saying they were planning attacks in the capital before the vote.
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