A newspaper in Tunis shows photographs of Rahma, left, and her sister Gofran, right.
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After a U.S. airstrike killed a Tunisian Islamist militant commander in western Libya late February, dozens of Daesh (ISIS) fighters sneaked across the border into Tunisia and attacked an army barracks and police bases in the town of Ben Guerdane. In the battle that followed, Daesh militants shot dead local Tunisian anti-terrorism chief Col. Abdel-Atti Abdel-Kabir meters from his home. Residents, including the colonel's brother, say they recognized some of the attackers as former neighbors and classmates who had left to train with Daesh in Libya. In all, more than 50 militants died in the assault.It also faces an intensifying battle against Islamist militants – not least Tunisian fighters now based just across the border.Now Libya is more popular with them – many Tunisians have become key figures in Daesh there.The Tunisian militant commander killed in the U.S. airstrike on Sabratha was Noureddine Chouchane.Some militants arrived in an ambulance and then used Ishi's home as cover to fire on the barracks.To stop the militants returning, Tunisia is reinforcing its border.Under a state of emergency declared last year and since extended, hundreds of suspected militants have been rounded up, leading rights activists to worry that repressive tactics may fuel more militant recruitment.
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