Tunisians assure 'Star Wars' sets safe from Islamic State

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TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) -- Tunisian officials have sought to dampen down on worries that the sets from the iconic "Star Wars" movies are under threat from Islamic State militants.

CNN recently suggested that the sets were vulnerable after arrests and discoveries of weapons caches near the town of Tatouine, which lent its name to Luke Skywalker's home planet.

The story was picked up widely even though the main Star Wars sets are on the other side of the country near the western city of Tozeur.

Mohammed Sayem of Tozeur's tourism commission told The Associated Press Thursday that the reports were "without foundation."

Col. Mokhtar Hammami of the National Guard said he had 1,500 men patrolling the area.

Concerns over security have heightened after last week's attack at the national museum that killing 21 people.

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This image provided by NASA shows an artist's depiction showing a discovery by NASA's Kepler mission of a world where two suns set over the horizon instead of just one. The planet, called Kepler-16b, is the most "Tatooine-like" planet yet found in our galaxy and is depicted here with its two stars. Tatooine is the name of Luke Skywalker's home world in the science fiction movie Star Wars. In this case, the planet it not thought to be habitable. It is a cold world, with a gaseous surface, but like Tatooine, it circles two stars. The largest of the two stars, a K dwarf, is about 69 percent the mass of our sun, and the smallest, a red dwarf, is about 20 percent the sun's mass. (AP photo/NASA)
In this image provided by 20th Century-Fox Film Corporation, a scene from "Star Wars" movie released by 20th Century-Fox in 1977, shows See-Threepio and Artoo Detoo trudge across the Tatooine desert in search of Ben Kenobi. (AP Photo/20th Century-Fox Film Corporation)
In this 1977 image provided by 20th Century-Fox Film Corporation, Imperial stormtroopers look for the lost droids in a scene from "Star Wars." The intergalactic adventure launched in theaters 35 years ago on May 25, 1977, introducing the world to The Force, Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, Princess Leia, Han Solo and a pair of loveable droids named R2-D2 and C-3PO. (AP Photo/20th Century-Fox Film Corporation)
STAR WARS : EPISODE IV - A NEW HOPE 1977 TCF film with from left: Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Fiord
Remains of George Lucas Star Wars movie set on Sahara desert in Tunisia
TUNISIA: Tataouine. The Ksar Ouled Soltane, near Tataouine in SE Tunisia. They are Berber granaries,originating in medieval times,of adobe,now abandoned. They featured in the film "Star Wars"
TATAOUINE, TUNISIA - FEBRUARY 28: Tunisian security forces take security measures as Tunisian Prime Minister Habib Essid visits border region in Remada town of Tataouine, Tunisia on February 28, 2015. (Photo by Tasnim Nasri /Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
TUNISIA: Tataouine. The Ksar Ouled Soltane, near Tataouine in SE Tunisia. They are Berber granaries,originating in medieval times,of adobe,now abandoned. They featured in the film "Star Wars"
TATAOUINE, TUNISIA - FEBRUARY 28: Tunisian Prime Minister Habib Essid (R) talks to Tunisian security forces at the border region during his visit in Remada town of Tataouine, Tunisia on February 28, 2015. (Photo by Tasnim Nasri /Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
TUNISIA: Tataouine.SE Tunisia. The Berber granaries,of Tataouine,called ghorfas, originating in medieval times,of adobe,now abandoned. They featured in the film "Star Wars"
Bedouin Arab tribesman in the desert at Star Wars film location Tataouine Tunisia
TATAOUINE, TUNISIA - FEBRUARY 28: Tunisian security forces take security measures as Tunisian Prime Minister Habib Essid visits border region in Remada town of Tataouine, Tunisia on February 28, 2015. (Photo by Tasnim Nasri /Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
TATAOUINE, TUNISIA - FEBRUARY 28: Tunisian security forces take security measures as Tunisian Prime Minister Habib Essid visits border region in Remada town of Tataouine, Tunisia on February 28, 2015. (Photo by Tasnim Nasri /Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
TATAOUINE, TUNISIA - FEBRUARY 28: Tunisian Prime Minister Habib Essid (R) talks to Tunisian security forces at the border region during his visit in Remada town of Tataouine, Tunisia on February 28, 2015. (Photo by Tasnim Nasri /Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
TUNISIA - MAY 27: Chenini, village built on a rocky outcrop, with the mosque on the right, Tataouine, Tunisia. (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images)
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