TUNIS, Tunisia – Al-Qaida's North Africa branch has claimed responsibility for an attack last month on the home of Tunisia's top security official that killed four police guards.
In a statement published online, Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb said the attack on Interior Minister Lotfi Ben Jeddou's home in the southern city of Kasserine was in revenge for the imprisonment of Islamist youths and attacks against al-Qaida members in nearby mountains.
The minister wasn't home when some 15 attackers arrived in a pickup truck and opened fire on his residence on May 28.
In the past year, Tunisia has outlawed the al-Qaida linked Ansar al-Shariah extremist movement and repeatedly tried to dislodge militants hiding out in remote mountain areas.
The Al-Qaida statement warned that the minister would not escape a second attempt.