Tunisian security forces have killed two suspected extremists during an operation in a mountainous area near the Algerian border, the national guard said on Wednesday.

A third suspect was critically wounded in the operation launched on Tuesday evening on Mount Birinou in the Kasserine region, national guard spokesman Khalifa Chibani told Shems FM radio.

Since its 2011 revolution, Tunisia has experienced an increase in jihadist attacks that have cost the lives of dozens of members of the security forces and 59 foreign tourists.

Jihadists claiming allegiance to the Daesh (ISIS) or Al-Qaeda’s North African affiliate Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb are active near the Algerian and Libyan borders.

Tunisia has been under a state of emergency since November 2015, when a suicide bombing in the capital claimed by Daesh killed 12 presidential guards.

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