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Militants kill 3 Tunisian soldiers in ambush
August 30, 2016
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TUNIS: Militants killed three Tunisian soldiers and wounded seven others on Monday, opening fire on them with rifles and rocket propelled grenades after their patrol hit anti-tank land mines, an army spokesman said.

Extremists use the remote, mountainous region along the Algerian border as a base and the military has been hunting them down in the rugged terrain with patrols and air strikes on suspected training camps.

Army spokesman Belhassen Ouslati said the three soldiers had been killed in the landmine blast and that clashes were continuing after the ambush in the Mount Sammama area.

Since the 2011 uprising against autocrat Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, Tunisia’s democracy has been held up as a model for a region wracked by violence and instability.

But militants are one of the key challenges for the new Prime Minister Youssef Chahed, who officially took office on Monday. A local Al Qaeda affiliate, Okba Ibn Nafaa, has been based in the Mount Chaambi range.

Some of its leadership is Algerian while some foreign militants fled there after the French intervention in Mali.

Militants occasionally carry out attacks on army patrols and checkpoints in the remote areas around Mount Chaambi, and occasionally raid local homes for food and supplies.

Daesh has also drawn several thousands Tunisian extremists to its ranks in Syria, Iraq and more recently in neighbouring Libya.

Tunisian authorities are concerned about returning extremist carrying out attacks at home.


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