Tunisia’s Ministry of the Interior announced that an assassination attempt against President Kais Saied of Tunisia and the targeting of his surroundings from both internal and external sides had been foiled following the arrest of one of the militant terrorist elements who tried to blow himself up near a sensitive centre in Tunisia.
The spokeswoman for the Tunisian interior, Fadela Khelifi, said that the perpetrator had been arrested and the crime instrument had been seized, as had other serious information on the targeting of Tunisia’s President.
The disclosure of that information came after it had entered the first operational phase of the failed attempted bombing, noting that investigations were continuing in that direction, since the greatest detail must be gathered on such threats, which were aimed at undermining Tunisia’s public security.
The suspicion revolves around the Tunisia Namaa “Charity” Association and that it may be behind the financing of terrorist operations. It operates in the same context as the Qatari Eid “Charity” Association, covering up charitable work to finance and support terrorism in various ways and means.
Tunisian security raided the association’s headquarters after the disclosure of illegal foreign funds coming from a Gulf state that has a strong relationship with the global Brotherhood organization.
Observers say that the method of assassinations is the most skillful thing in which the Muslim Brotherhood has excelled throughout their bloody history, and it is the method they resort to whenever their paths are narrowed and they got stifled and restrictions increase on them. Despite the attempts of the Brotherhood’s Ennahda Movement, to identify with the developments of the situation, and to seek local and global sympathy with it, by exploiting the Brotherhood and Qatari-funded media, the most important of which is the Qatari Al-Jazeera channel.
Those media outlets tried to distort the image of the Tunisian president as much as possible and to show the Ennahda movement that as suffering from injustice and needs the support of Tunisians and Arabs. However, the Tunisian street was not fooled by these lies, and continued to support the president’s measures, until it came to writing a draft Constitution and the preparation of the referendum on it, which prompted the Brotherhood to escalate.
Observers also add that after the cases before the Tunisian judiciary increased with cases of terrorism, conspiracy against state security, assassination, and other heinous crimes in which the Muslim Brotherhood was implicated in Tunisia, and considering them to be what is happening in Egypt, which prosecutes the Brotherhood and imposes the most severe penalties on them in accordance with the principles and laws in force.
The terrorist group finally decided that it would turn the tables on everyone and resort to the method of assassinations and terrorism, to save itself and its members from accountability and accountability after the reforms that had affected all the State’s joints, including the judiciary.
In December, Saied warned of “plots that amount to planning the assassination of politicians” and said during a cabinet session that “some traitors sold their consciences to foreign intelligence to assassinate a number of officials.”
The Tunisian President confirmed that the authorities were “aware of what they are doing at home and abroad”, and then went on to speak to the Interior Minister, saying, “There is a phone call talking about even the day of the assassination.”
Last August, the security authorities were able to overthrow a terrorist who planned to assassinate Saied during a visit to one of Tunisia’s eastern coastal towns.
The terrorist is a Tunisian national of ISIS and recently infiltrated Libya, where he received training.
In January 2021, the Tunisian presidency announced the existence of a plan to target President Said with a poisoned (expulsion) envelope that reached the Carthage Palace, and at that time caused the director of the presidential office, Nadia Okasha, to suffer a temporary health problem.
From 2011 to 2017, Tunisia witnessed a wave of serious terrorist operations, interspersed with political assassinations, in which leftist opponents Chokri Belaid on February 6, 2013, and Mohamed Brahmi on July 25 of the same year were killed.
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