Looks like the empire struck back.
Luke Skywalker’s home planet of Tatooine has recently become a hotbed for terrorist activity. In fact, Star Wars fans are being warned not to visit several locations in Tunisia linked to the movies because of an increased presence of ISIS militants in the area.
If you didn’t already know, an area known as Tataouine in the country served as the inspiration for the name of Skywalker’s home planet of Tatooine (it was originally supposed to be called Utapau). Only now the area has become an access point for terrorists looking to enter Libya and join Islamic State.
So it seems even in a galaxy far, far away, we still aren’t completely safe from this threat.
Fans of the sci-fi series have been known to make regular pilgrimages to Tunisia to visit filming locations scattered throughout the country. While Tataouine was never a site where filming took place, it’s not actually far from various sites that were, including the slave quarters featured in Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace.
But those fans will probably have to make alternative plans this year.
Three men were recently arrested over an alleged plot to cross the Libyan border and join a terrorist network. CNN also reports two arms caches were found in the region, which included rocket-propelled grenade launchers and more than 20,000 rounds of ammunition (no lightsabers yet though, unfortunately). And that’s in addition to the attack last week on the National Bardo Museum in the nation’s capital, which left 23 people dead.
Canada has since issued an advisory warning against all travel to Tataouine, as well as areas around the Libyan border. The U.S. and the U.K. have issued similar warnings.
You know what could end this all right now though? A return of the Jedi.
May the force be with you.