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9 killed in Tunisian anti-terrorism operations; unity march planned after museum attack

  • From left, Gabon's President Ali Bongo Ondimba , Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo, Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski, French President Francois Hollande, Algerian Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal, and former Tunisian prime minister Mehdi Jomaa listen to  a musical homage  in Tunis, Sunday, March 29, 2015. Tens of thousands of Tunisians attended a march in their country's capital, Tunis, on Sunday to denounce extremist violence following the attack on the National Bardo Museum. (AP Photo /Emmanuel Dunand, Pool)

    From left, Gabon's President Ali Bongo Ondimba , Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo, Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski, French President Francois Hollande, Algerian Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal, and former Tunisian prime minister Mehdi Jomaa listen to a musical homage in Tunis, Sunday, March 29, 2015. Tens of thousands of Tunisians attended a march in their country's capital, Tunis, on Sunday to denounce extremist violence following the attack on the National Bardo Museum. (AP Photo /Emmanuel Dunand, Pool)  (The Associated Press)

  • Placards reading "I am Hilda", and "I am Nadine", names of the victims of the attack on the Bardo Museum, are laid at the entrance of the Bardo museum, in Tunis, Tunisia, Sunday, March 29, 2015. Tens of thousands of Tunisians attended a march in their country's capital, Tunis, on Sunday to denounce extremist violence following the attack on the National Bardo Museum. (AP Photo/Hassene Dridi)

    Placards reading "I am Hilda", and "I am Nadine", names of the victims of the attack on the Bardo Museum, are laid at the entrance of the Bardo museum, in Tunis, Tunisia, Sunday, March 29, 2015. Tens of thousands of Tunisians attended a march in their country's capital, Tunis, on Sunday to denounce extremist violence following the attack on the National Bardo Museum. (AP Photo/Hassene Dridi)  (The Associated Press)

  • Protestors gather during an anti-extremism march, in Tunis, Sunday, March 29, 2015. Tens of thousands of Tunisians from across the political spectrum marched through the capital Sunday to denounce extremist violence after a deadly museum attack on foreign tourists. Hours ahead of the rally, security forces killed nine terrorist suspects in raids around the country. (AP Photo/Hichem Jouini)

    Protestors gather during an anti-extremism march, in Tunis, Sunday, March 29, 2015. Tens of thousands of Tunisians from across the political spectrum marched through the capital Sunday to denounce extremist violence after a deadly museum attack on foreign tourists. Hours ahead of the rally, security forces killed nine terrorist suspects in raids around the country. (AP Photo/Hichem Jouini)  (The Associated Press)

Tunisia's Interior Ministry says nine terrorist suspects have been killed in overnight security operations ahead of a national march to denounce extremist violence.

Ministry spokesman Ali Aroui said Sunday that security forces clashed with the suspects in the southwest region of Sidi Aich, near the Algerian border. He said several extremists were wounded in another clash in the northwest region of Kef.

The overnight security operations around the country came hours ahead of a march through the capital organized to show solidarity against terrorism, after an attack on a leading museum that left 24 dead and shook the nation's fragile democracy.

Several foreign officials are expected to attend. Most of those killed in the March 18 attack on the National Bardo Musum were foreign tourists. Two attackers were also killed.