Five extremists shot dead by special forces amid fears of new Tunisia hols terror attack

SPECIAL forces have killed five extremists amid fears of a new terror attack in Tunisia.

Earlier this week, the UK Government urged all British tourists to leave Tunisia, saying an extremist attack was “highly likely” despite enhanced security measures.

But some Brit holidaymakers have accused the Government of handing victory to terrorists by ordering a mass evacuation.

In the wake of the Sousse massacre Tunisian prime minister Habib Essid said his Government “did everything in our power to

A crack Tunisian national guard unit is believed to have shot dead five suspected jihadists.

Their action comes as Brit sun seekers heed advice to fly home from the north African country after a terror attack left 38 tourists dead a fortnight ago.

Tunisia’s government declared a state of emergency after Islamic State fanboy Seifeddine Rezgui gunned down holidaymakers, including 30 Brits, in the beach resort of Sousse on June 26.

Now the Tunisian army and national guard have swooped on eight suspected terrorists, killing five, in a gunfight in the mountains near Gafsa, 160 miles from Sousse.

protect British citizens and their interests, as well as those of all other countries”.

Tunisia has carried out 7,000 security operations since terrorists killed 22 people, mostly foreign tourists, in an attack on a museum in the capital Tunis in March.

Mr Essid said security forces have arrested 1,000 people and stopped 15,000 young people from travelling to fight jihad abroad and were working to remedy “shortcomings.”

He said: “Our country is going through a delicate situation and is in danger.”

Many Western European tour operators suspended trips to Tunisia following the Sousse killings.

France has urged its citizens in Tunisia to be “particularly vigilant” but stopped short of urging departures.

Germany, two of whose citizens died in the Sousse shooting, has made no immediate change to its travel advice.

Ireland, Denmark, Belgium and Finland have all discouraged citizens from non-essential travel to the country.