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Militant attack in Tunisia may signal further spread of Islamic State

Militant attack in Tunisia may signal further spread of Islamic State

Clashes in Tunisia near the border with Libya left at least 53 people dead Monday in what may be a sign of the spreading influence of the extremist group Islamic State.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for an attack that led to the fighting between militants and Tunisian forces near the city of Ben Gardane. But Tunisian Prime Minister Habib Essid directly accused Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL.

“This attack was aimed at confusing the security situation in Tunisia in order to create an ISIL emirate in Ben Gardane,” he said at a news conference Monday.

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