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Tunisia says shutting border with Libya for 15 days

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Tunis: Tunisia announced today it was closing its land border with war-torn Libya for 15 days following a deadly bus bombing in Tunis claimed by the Islamic State jihadist group.

The National Security Council headed by President Beji Caid Essebsi decided to close the frontier from midnight with “reinforced surveillance of maritime borders and in airports”, a presidency statement said.

Thousands of Tunisians have travelled to Libya, Iraq and Syria to fight alongside Islamic extremists, according to the authorities.