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Tunisia attacks: Militants jailed over 2015 terror

February 10, 2019 6:20 am

Seven jihadists have been sentenced to life in prison in Tunisia over attacks at a museum and a beach resort in 2015.

Sixty people, mostly tourists, died in the two attacks and many were wounded.

Some of the many defendants received lesser sentences and 27 were acquitted. Prosecutors plan to appeal.

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The first attack, at the Bardo Museum in Tunis in March 2015 killed 22. Three months later, 38 tourists, most of them British, were shot dead at Port El Kantaoui, near Sousse.

The so-called Islamic State group said it had carried out the attacks.

The man believed to have planned both, Chamseddine al-Sandi, remains at large. Unconfirmed reports suggested he may have died in a US air strike in February 2016 in Libya.

There were two separate trials.

In the Sousse trial, four militants were given life sentences, while five others were sentenced to between six months and 16 years.

In the Bardo trial, three defendants received life terms and a number of others were jailed for shorter periods.

Ten were acquitted.

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