The Islamic State, (Daesh) has claimed responsibility for the killing of a Tunisian soldier in Kasserine.
Saad Ghozlani, a 26-year old senior corporal from Douar Khraifya, was killed in his family home on Saturday night by a group of armed assailants. Military officials have since deployed additional security forces to the region in a bid to capture the perpetrators, who are still thought to be at large.
While Daesh released an official statement claiming responsibility for the attack on Sunday, conflicting accounts have emerged following the incident. According to locals, Ghozlani’s cousin was among a group of around twenty armed men who broke into the man’s home, killing Ghozlani and injuring his brother and mother. Other sources have reported that only four men broke into the man’s home.
Contacted by Tunisia Live, Mokhtar Ben Nasr, a military analyst who previously served as spokesperson for the Ministry of Defense, said the attack centered upon a dispute between the two family members over the supposed plans of one to join a militant group active in the mountains of Kasserine
According to Ben Nasr, citing anonymous sources within the Ministry, Ghozlani had repeatedly warned his cousin against joining the group. Arguments on the subject had then escalated to the point where Ghozlani and his confederates killed the soldier.
As of the time of writing, the identity of the men involved in the altercation is unknown.
According to Ben Nasr, terrorists have become so extreme in their ideology that not even harming members of their own family is off limits.
Speaking on the increased levels of violence being deployed by terror groups with the regions, Ben Nasr said, “If they (the families) do not agree with their beliefs, they are considered as enemies.” Given what he saw as the increased levels of risk being faced by those living within what are often remote and isolated mountainous locations, Ben Nasr said, “Citizens, especially the ones living near the mountains, should always be alert and report any suspicious movements”
Rahma is preparing a master thesis in Anglo-American studies. She is interested in politics and foreign affairs. Since the outbreak of the Tunisian revolution, she volunteered for several Tunisian associations such as ATIDE, Sawty and others. She writes articles about post-revolution Tunisia.