World Bulletin / News Desk
Tunisia has closed a border crossing with Libya after a clash with smugglers in which a Tunisian soldier was killed, state radio and security sources said on Monday.
The radio said three civilians - two Tunisians and a Libyan - were also wounded in the confrontation between the army and armed smugglers near the Dhiba-Wazn border post on Sunday night.
It gave no further details, but security sources said the crossing, a major trade route, was closed after the clash.
Trade with Libya is an important source of jobs for Tunisians and any prolonged border closure could provoke unrest in the troubled north African country.
Violent protests took place earlier this year in the city of Ben Guerdane after the Ras Jedir crossing with Libya was closed for weeks.
Security is fragile in both countries and border lawlessness increased after the overthrow of Libya's Muammar Gaddafi and Tunisia's Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali in popular revolts in 2011.
Smuggling of commodities such as milk, sugar and barley to Libya has caused shortages and increased prices in Tunisia.
Combating smuggling, unemployment and rising prices will be among the priorities of Tunisian Prime Minister-designate Ali Larayedh's new government, which faces a confidence vote in the National Constituent Assembly on Tuesday.
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