Tunisian police officers take positions during fighting with ISIS militants in Ben Guerdane, 650 km away from Tunis, Monday, March 7, 2016. (AP Photo)
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Tunisia arrested 17 suspects Tuesday in a manhunt for extremists near the Libyan border after a deadly raid it described as an unprecedented assault by ISIS.Prime Minister Habib Essid said about 50 extremists were believed to have taken part in the dawn attacks on an army barracks and police and National Guard posts in the border town of Ben Guerdane.Sabratha lies just 100 kilometers (62 miles) from Tunisia's border and several Tunisian militants were said to have been killed in the U.S. raid.A U.S. official has said one of those "likely killed" in the February air strike was Noureddine Chouchane, a senior ISIS operative behind attacks in Tunisia.It was the second clash in the border area in less than a week as Tunisia battles to prevent the large number of its citizens who have joined ISIS in Libya from returning to carry out attacks at home.Two deadly ISIS attacks on foreign tourists last year that have dealt a devastating blow to Tunisia's tourism industry are believed to have been planned from Libya.
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