A large quantity of weapons of different kinds were confiscated yesterday morning, January 17, in two separate warehouses in the southeastern governorate of Medenine, said a regional security official, who asked to remain anonymous.
The same source stated that the two warehouses in question were near the highway that leads to the coastal city of Gabès and that two Tunisians were arrested in connection to the seized cache of weapons.
The police so far has not identified the group that likely smuggled and stored these arms in the two warehouses.
“Investigations are continuing to reveal the nature of this network and these stored weapons,” said the same source.
This is not the first time that Tunisian authorities have seized an illegal cache of weapons. On December 21, Minister of Interior Ali Laarayedh announced that a terrorist cell, affiliated with Al-Qaeda, was dismantled after special operations forces confiscated arms and military equipment belonging to “The Militia of Uqba Ibn Nafaa in Tunisia” and arrested 16 of its members. The group allegedly sought to establish Sharia law in Tunisia by force.
Basma Jebali, a National Constituent Assembly representative of Medenine, did not believe that yesterday’s confiscated cache was related to the activity of religious extremists.
“It is just an arms-smuggling network, and the person involved in this affair is a trafficker in this parallel trade,” stated Jebali.