Tunisia militant shootout kills security officer

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Posted: Oct 23, 2014 6:22 AM

TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — A Tunisia official says a security officer has been killed in a shootout that began when a suspect's home was surrounded near the capital.

Interior Ministry spokesman Mohammed Ali Aroui says the exchange of fire Thursday came after a pair of counterterrorism operations in the south that left one bystander dead.

Police have surrounded a house in the Oued Ellil suburb of Tunis and have exchanged fire with those inside. Aroui says one officer is dead, and earlier said several people were injured.

Tunisia is set to hold parliamentary elections on Sunday to complete its democratic transition.

Authorities had warned that Islamic radicals seeking to overthrow the state would attempt to disrupt the elections.