Friday, June 20, 2014

Jihadists may target Al-Ghriba

 The Ghriba synagogue on Djerba, the venue for the annual Lag Ba' Omer pilgrimage, may be targeted by jihadists in Tunisia, a counter-terrorism expert claims. Report in the Jerusalem Post (with thanks: Lily):

A Tunisian counter-terrorism expert cited a secret Algerian report stating that jihadist group Ansar al-Sharia in Tunisia plans to target Jews as well as Western targets in Tunisia, Egypt, and Algeria.

A new report published on Wednesday by the Jihad and Terrorism Threat Monitor of MEMRI (the Middle East Media Research Institute) reveals that Ali Zawi, a Tunisian counter-terrorism expert warned in an article published on Wednesday in the London-based Arab daily al-Quds al-Arabi that terrorists are planning to target the Jewish community on the Island of Djerba during the month of Ramadan.

During last year’s Ramadan, the group perpetrated an attack that killed eight Tunisian soldiers.

The expert’s claims, which were first published in the Tunisian weekly Akhar Khabar, also noted that Ansar al-Sharia operative Khaled Al-Shaeb is considered very dangerous and suspected to be connected to these planned attacks. According to the newspaper, Shaeb is highly dangerous and was involved in a recent attack on the home of the Tunisian interior minister.

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'Terrorist attack on Djerba foiled'

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