Tunisian forces and militants clash near border, one killed

Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa said Tunisian security forces were heightening security across the North African country with special focus in border areas

Tunisian forces and militants clash near border, one killed

World Bulletin/News Desk

Tunisian police killed a militant during clashes near the Algerian border, the interior ministry said on Wednesday, after the government raised the security alert level before elections next month.

Since April, thousands of troops have been deployed in Tunisia's mountainous Chaambi region on the border with Algeria, where fighters - some of them allegedly linked to al Qaeda - have taken refuge .

"Security and army units killed a terrorist and wounded another late on Tuesday in clashes in Kasserine city," Mohamed Ali Aroui, an interior ministry spokesman said.

Aroui said security forces continued to pursue militants in Kasserine but gave no further details.

Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa said on Tuesday Tunisian security forces were heightening security across the North African country with special focus in border areas monitoring arms smuggling and militant groups.

Interior Minister Lotfi Ben Jedou last month warned of a militant threat to disrupt the elections and derail the country's democratic progress.

At least 15 soldiers were killed in attacks on checkpoints in the border area in July. A deputy in Tunisia's transitional parliament survived an assassination attempt in Kasserine on Sept. 1.

Last Mod: 25 Ekim 2014, 13:22
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