Posted: Feb 4, 2014 6:57 AM
Updated: Feb 4, 2014 6:59 AM
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) A Tunisian security official says eight people, including a police officer, have died after a daylong standoff between the National Guard and militants in a seaside Tunis suburb.
The official said the security forces killed seven of the militants in a standoff that began at 4 p.m. Monday and ended Tuesday afternoon. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.
The National Guard surrounded a house in the Raoued suburb of Tunis acting on information that it was a militant hideout. A firefight ensued after the force attempted to take the building.
Since the overthrow of Tunisia's dictatorship in 2011, radical Islamists have grown in strength, bolstered by weapons from neighboring Libya.