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Tunisians protest against jihadists

AFP-Jiji TUNIS (AFP-Jiji) — About 1,000 people protested in central Tunis on Sunday against allowing Tunisians who had fought with jihadists abroad back into the country.

Some 3,000 Tunisians have joined the ranks of jihadist groups fighting in neighboring Libya, as well as in Syria and Iraq, according to officials. The United Nations puts the figure at 5,000. With the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant group losing its main Libyan stronghold of Sirte and the jihadists under pressure in Syria and Iraq, concern has been growing in Tunisia that many will return to the country.

Protesters at Sunday’s rally — many wrapped in Tunisians flags — shouted “No to returning terrorists!” and “All Tunisians against terrorism!” “Tunisians need to be reassured by a real political will that makes it clear these criminals won’t be allowed to return,” said one of the protesters, 33-year-old civil servant Shahnez Mili.

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