On Saturday, March 16, suspected militants attacked a joint military and national guard patrol near Ghardiamou (Jendouba province). According to a government spokesperson, the suspected militants engaged the patrol and subsequently fled to the mountains. Additional information on if the clashes resulted in any casualties was not immediately released. A heightened security presence is anticipated in the abovementioned area over the coming weeks. Further attacks against government forces are possible in the near term.
Due to the terrorist threat, individuals across Tunisia are advised to remain vigilant and to report any suspicious objects or behavior to the authorities, particularly when visiting sites deemed especially likely to be targeted in an attack (e.g. public transportation, train stations, ports, airports, public or government buildings, embassies or consulates, international organizations, schools and universities, religious sites, markets, hotels and restaurants frequented by foreigners/Westerners, festivals, etc.). Certain Western governments advise against travel to the south of the country (i.e. regions on the borders with Algeria and Libya) due to the presence of armed groups.
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