More than 50 people killed, including eight civilians, as ISIS fighters carry out Tunisia massacre in bid to ‘establish a new emirate’

Tunisian forces fought off fierce attacks from ISIS jihadists near the Libyan border, in clashes that left at least 50 people dead, including seven civilians.

Ten members of the security forces were killed in the fighting in the border town of Ben Guerdane, which Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi condemned as an ‘unprecedented’ jihadist attack aimed at ‘establishing a new Islamic State emirate’.

The border, which has long been a key access point for jihadists entering Libya to join ISIS, has now been closed and a night curfew will be enforced.