Tunisia:weekend of attacks, two soldiers dead, one wounded

Attacks at the Algerian border. Evacuation plan from Libya

28 July, 13:12

    (ANSAmed) - TUNIS, JULY 28 - After official celebrations and calls for unity on Tunisia's Republic Day Friday, the Maghreb country was once again at the center of terror attacks over the weekend. On Saturday afternoon in Sakiet Sidi Youssef (in the region of Kef, close to the Algerian border), two soldiers died in an ambush and four other people, including a civilian aged 16, were injured. On the same day, one security official was injured in a shoot-out in Mahdia which was part of a police operation that led to the arrest of a reportedly dangerous terrorist, and an attack by unknown gunmen on a military base in Kasserine.

    The area along the Algerian border, including mount Chaambi, which has become a terror stronghold, has long been targeted by Islamic extremist groups. However now the eastern border with Libya is also a source of concern as the neighboring country has plunged back into civil war.

    An inter-ministerial security committee chaired by Premier Jomaa has drafted a plan to evacuate Tunisians living in Libya.

    The plan also provides for the evacuation of refugees of other nationalities through airports inside the country and to control the immigration of refugees from the border crossings of Ras Jedir and Wazen-Dhiba. Also, a center to communicate with families of the Tunisian community in Libya has been set up, along with a toll free number.

    Jomaa stressed the need to organize security measures along the Libyan border and increase surveillance to control immigration to Tunisia. (ANSAmed)
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