Tunisia mounts 'huge' anti-Islamist operation: Official

TUNIS (AFP) - The Tunisian army on Friday launched a "huge" land and air operation against Islamist militants holed up in remote mountains near the border with Algeria, the armed forces spokesman announced.

"A huge operation, with ground and air units, was launched at dawn," he told Mosaique FM radio.

The spokesman said the assault was mounted after clashes on Thursday night between soldiers and "a terrorist group", referring to fugitive Islamist militants.