The terror clash came on the official opening of Tunisia’s presidential campaign.
Soufiene Sliti, spokesperson for the anti-terror judicial unit said that “these neutralized terrorists are the subject of legal proceedings.”
He added that one of the terrorists who died in the shootout with police was responsible for the majority of terror attacks that have been perpetrated in Tunisia since 2013, MAghreb Arab Press (MAP) reported.
The terrorist belonged to the Okba Ibn Nafaa brigade, which is linked to al-Qaida’s North Africa arm.
Sliti said that the suspect is one of the most dangerous terrorists. He has been wanted by international police since 2013.
The Tunisian official said that the battle is over, but a search operation is underway in the mountainous area near the Algerian border where extremist groups remain active.
Since 2015, Tunisia has experienced a series of terror attacks.
Monday’s attack came as the official presidential race opened in the wake of the death of the first democratically elected president Beji Caid Essebsi. Essebsi died in July.
A security chief died in the exchange of fire during the September 2 attack in the Kef mountains near the Algerian border.