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Tunisia terrorists search for food, making them vulnerable to security forces

| Wednesday, March 9, 2016, 7:06 p.m.

TUNIS, Tunisia — Terrorist gunmen in search of food battled Tunisian security forces at a construction site and attacked a house in a third day of fighting near the Libyan border, the government said.

A manhunt in a 12-mile perimeter around Ben Guerdane has closed access roads as security forces search for armed men who fled the fighting that began Monday at dawn.

A total of 46 gunmen have been reported killed since Monday in an operation that officials say can continue for days as security forces track assailants to safe houses.

On Wednesday, two gunmen who raided a construction site looking for food died in a battle with security forces, while two others who attacked a house in search of something to eat escaped. Another suspect barricaded inside a house died in a gunbattle.

No group immediately claimed responsibility for the violence in a region near lawless Libya where the Islamic State group has a growing presence.

A dozen members of the security forces and seven civilians have been killed since Monday.

Information from seven arrested attackers led security forces to arms depots, authorities said.

Prime Minister Habib Essid said on Tuesday that some 50 people took part in the attack.

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