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Tunisian state news agency says anti-terrorist forces kill 4 militants in clash

Tunisia's state news agency reports that counterterrorism forces have killed four militants outside the capital of Tunis after an intense gun battle.

An official quoted Monday by the state news agency described the militants as "dangerous terrorists" and said they belonged to the North Africa branch of the al-Qaida terror network. The clash took place following a dawn raid by counterterrorism units.

Tunisian security forces have previously discovered al-Qaida-linked training camps in the country's border region near Algeria and have clashed several times with armed groups.