Six Tunisian police wounded near Algeria

A land mine wounded six Tunisian police officers, the third mine blast in Tunisia in two days, prompting Prime Minister Ali Larayedh to hold an emergency meeting with his defence and interior ministers.

Six Tunisian police wounded near Algeria

World Bulletin/News Desk

A land mine wounded six Tunisian police officers on Tuesday as they pursued a group of rebels near the Algerian border, the interior ministry said.

It was the third mine blast in Tunisia in two days, prompting Prime Minister Ali Larayedh to hold an emergency meeting with his defence and interior ministers.

On Monday two policemen were seriously wounded in two explosions, also while searching for militants in the remote Mount Chaambi region west of Tunis. One policeman lost a leg in Monday's blasts and the other was badly wounded in the eyes.

Mount Chaambi has been repeatedly targeted in search operations by security forces since last December, when a policeman was killed in clashes with gunmen there.

Larayedh told reporters his government, led by the Ennahda party, would not tolerate "terrorism".

"Terrorism and spreading death have no future and will not prevail," he said. "The will of the people and life will triumph."

Tunisian police blamed Salafists for the assassination of secular opposition politician Chokri Belaid in February, provoking the biggest street protests in Tunisia since the 2011 overthrow of secular dictator Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali.

Last Mod: 30 Nisan 2013, 22:36
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