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Tunisia jails all-women jihadist group accused of plot to kill government minister

Two ringleaders given 25 years, 7 others sentenced to 3-14 years for attempt in 2016 to assassinate interior minister as he visited his parents

Then-Tunisian interior minister Hedi Majdoub arrives at a cabinet meeting in Tunis, January 13, 2016. (Hassene Dridi/AP)
Then-Tunisian interior minister Hedi Majdoub arrives at a cabinet meeting in Tunis, January 13, 2016. (Hassene Dridi/AP)

TUNIS, Tunisia — Tunisia has jailed nine members of an all-women “terrorist” gang accused of plotting to assassinate a government minister, media reported Thursday.

In the North African nation’s first known case of an all-woman jihadist group, two of the ringleaders were jailed for 25 years, while the other seven were handed sentences ranging between three and 14 years. One woman was acquitted.

The sentences were handed out by a court in the capital Tunis on Tuesday, but Tunisia’s prosecution service has no spokesperson and has not responded to journalists for months.

The justice minister declined to give further information on the case.

The case dates back to 2016, when reports appeared on social media of an attempt to assassinate then-interior minister Hedi Majdoub during a visit to his parents — something his office denied.

Private radio station Mosaique FM reported that one of the gang lived next door to Majdoub’s parents, and was accused of passing along information about his visits.

Following its 2011 revolt, which overthrew dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and sparked the Arab Spring uprisings, Tunisia experienced a series of jihadist attacks that killed dozens of people including numerous security personnel and foreign tourists.

The authorities say they have made major progress against jihadists in recent years.

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