A Tunisian gendarme stands guard outside a house where two suspected jihadists were killed during a security operation on May 11, 2016 in the town of Mnihla, in Ariana province just outside Tunis. / AFP / FETHI BELAID
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The Tunisian government said Thursday that 37 suspects, including several extremists linked to the ISIS group, had been arrested in the security operations carried out the previous day.Another 21 other suspects were arrested in raids that followed, the ministry added.Tunisia, the birthplace of the Arab Spring, has suffered from a wave of extremist violence since its 2011 revolution that ousted longtime dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.A November suicide bombing in the capital, also claimed by ISIS, killed 12 presidential guards and prompted the authorities to declare a state of emergency.Ben Guerdane, one of the North African nation's poorest towns, was the target of a xtremist assault that killed seven civilians and 13 security personnel in March as well as 55 extremists.
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