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Tunisian special security forces stand guard in Tunis on February 8, 2013 (AFP)

Tunisia – Clashes erupted between the Tunisian National Guard and an extremist group on Kasserine on Monday, official National Guard spokesman Khalifa al-Shibani said.

The National Guard killed two militants and arrested four others in the operation and they are still pursuing others.

Tunisian security forces killed a “dangerous” ISIS leader who was plotting attacks during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, authorities said Monday.

Houssem Tlithi, 20, was killed in a National Guard operation on Sunday night near the Algerian border.

The Interior Ministry said the suspect, a member of the Oqba bin Nafi battalion, had been on the run since 2014 and hiding in the Mount Salloum region, an extremist stronghold.

Eleven arrest warrants had been issued against the suspect in connection with “terrorist operations”, the ministry said.

Mount Salloum is near Mount Chambi where 15 soldiers were killed in 2014 in the deadliest attack against the armed forces.

During Sunday night’s operation, another extremist was wounded and weapons were seized, including a Kalashnikov assault rifle and material used to make explosive belts.