Tunisian Forces Kill Nine Militants in South Before Solidarity March

An interior ministry official said on Sunday, Tunisian forces killed nine militants during a raid in a southern region as part of crackdown following the attack on the Tunis Bardo museum that targeted foreign tourists. The operations late on Saturday in Gafsa region came hours before thousands of Tunisians were expected to join world leaders including French President Francois Hollande in a march of solidarity in Tunis. Interior Ministry spokesman Mohamed Ali Aroui said, "They also captured arms and explosives." Japanese, Polish, Spanish and Colombian tourists were among those killed in the attack the government says was aimed at destroying Tunisia's vital tourism industry, which makes up around seven percent of its economy.