Thursday clashes in Tunisia saw one policeman killed and another wounded. This comes three days before the country’s parliamentary election.

The skirmishes occurred on the outskirts of the capital Tunis when security forces clashed with Islamist militants. According to Reuters, police negotiators were attempting to persuade militants to turn themselves in. The militants were holding several women and children in a house.

“We’ve called on them to let the woman and children out, but they refused … they are family members,” interior ministry spokesman Mohammed Ali Aroui told reporters.

Security forces earlier in the month arrested a group of militants who were planning attacks in Tunis ahead of the polls.