Tunisian Woman Lands in Jail over Terror Plot

Tunisia_PoliceThe court of first instance has sentenced a Tunisian female terrorist to seven years in prison for inciting people to adopt extremist ideology and plotting to carry out an attack with an explosive belt.

Tunisian counter-terrorism agencies launched an investigation over the suspect’s role in encouraging young men to join ISIS in Syria by using several websites through pseudonyms.

Investigators also accused the woman of inciting against state institutions.

The counter-terrorism agencies found that she was promising young men to marry them in exchange for carrying out a terrorist attack using an explosive belt. But security forces thwarted her terrorist plot in 2017 after arresting her.

Another woman, Mona Qibla, staged a suicide attack in the center of the Tunisian capital on October 29, 2018, which resulted in the injury of 15 security personnel and five civilians.

Separately, the Tunisian Counter-Terrorism Committee issued a list of 103 terrorists whose funds have been frozen for joining terrorist organizations.

Among those on the list are six extremists who have been recently killed in operations carried out by anti-terrorist bodies.

Tunisia has taken decisions to freeze bank accounts of terrorists and since November has issued lists of terrorist elements and organizations as part of a strategy to resist financing terrorism and money laundering.