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Women, children caught in deadly firefight near Tunis

Tunisian security forces are deployed outside a house where gunmen had taken refuge in the town of Oued Ellil, on October 23, 2014Women and children were caught up Thursday in a police siege of a home near the Tunisian capital where security forces were fighting a gunbattle with “terrorists” in which a policeman died. The shootout came amid heightened security for fear of an upsurge in jihadist violence in the runup to a parliamentary election on Sunday, the first since Tunisia’s 2011 revolution. At least two women and an unknown number of children were inside the house in the town of Oued Ellil on the outskirts of Tunis where a group was exchanging gunfire with security forces, the interior ministry said. “There are at least two men, at least two women and children (in the house).

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