Four Tunisian soldiers killed in attack -UPDATED

Four Tunisian soldiers were killed and 11 others wounded in an attack on a vehicle carrying troops and their families in western Tunisia.

Four Tunisian soldiers killed in attack -UPDATED

World Bulletin/News Desk

Four Tunisian soldiers were killed and 11 others were wounded on Wednesday in an attack by suspected militants on a bus carrying soldiers in Kef near the Algerian border, the Defence Ministry said.

The attack came while Tunisia was preparing its first free presidential election on Nov. 23 and only ten days after parliamentary elections won by secular party Nida Tounes.

"Terrorists attacked a bus carrying military personnel ...Four soldiers were killed and 11 others were wounded in the attack in Kef city," ministry spokesman Belhassan Ouselati said.

Ouselati said the gunmen tried to climb onto the bus to kill all the soldiers but the soldiers returned fire, prompting them to escape toward the mountains.

Tunisian security forces last month killed six people, five of them women, after a standoff with a militant group on the outskirts of Tunis.

Among militant groups operating in Tunisia is Ansar al Sharia, which the United States considers a terrorist organisation and blames for orchestrating the storming of the U.S. embassy in Tunis in 2012.

Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa told Reuters last month Tunisia had arrested some 1,500 suspected fighters this year, among them hundreds who fought in Syria's civil war and could pose a danger at home after their return.

Last Mod: 05 Kasım 2014, 23:58
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