TUNISIA REPEAL LIBYAN ISLAMISTS BORDER RAID
Islamist fighters, on Monday 06/07/2016 morning, attacked army and police barracks in the Tunisian town of near the Libyan border and at least 30 people, including civilians, were killed in the clashes, residents and the Interior Ministry said.
Authorities sealed off the nearby beach resort town of Djerba, a popular destination for foreign and local tourists, and closed two border crossings with Libya, the TAP state news agency said.
It was not immediately clear if the attackers crossed the border, but Monday’s assault was the type of militant operation Tunisia’s government had feared as it prepares for potential spill over from Libya, where I.S.I.S militants have expanded their presence.
Soldiers killed 21 militants and arrested six after they attacked military and police posts, the Interior Ministry said. Hospital sources said at least seven civilians were killed along with a soldier and a customs agent.
While Tunisia has been held up as a model of democratic transition since its 2011
Jasmine Revolution “ the North African country is also caught up in a struggle with Islamist militancy.
More than 3,000 Tunisians have left to fight with ISIS and other groups in Syria and Iraq. Tunisian security officials say increasingly they are returning to join the militant group in Libya over the border.
Tunisian forces have been alert for possible infiltration since last month when a U.S. air strike targeted mostly Tunisian ISIS militants at a camp near the border in Libya’s Sabratha. It is most likely that the Tunisian forces were alerted, prepared and actually ambushed the Jihadi raiders .
Western military advisers are starting to train Tunisian border forces to help better protect the frontier with electronic surveillance and drones and authorities have built a trench and barrier to help stop militants crossing.
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