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Tunisia: 5 Civilians Killed in Clashes Between Militants, Army

  • Tunisia: 5 Civilians Killed in Clashes Between Militants, Army
Published 7 March 2016

Tunisian officials said that at least 16 people were killed including 5 civilians when clashes broke out at a town on the Libyan border.

Several militants attacked army and police posts in the Tunisian town of Ben Guerdan near the border with Libya early Monday, in clashes that killed at least 21 fighters, five civilians and one soldier, officials said.

The Tunisian Ministry of the Interior warned people to stay in their homes as gunfire erupted in the center of town.

An army spokesman said soldiers had killed ten militants after they attacked military and police posts. Hospital sources said at least five civilians had also died.

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Posted by Ben Guerdan News on Sunday, March 6, 2016

Tunisia finished building a trench along its border with Libya on February 7 over fears of a spillover from the conflict-torn country, where the Islamic State group is expanding and Western military advisers are training Tunisian border forces.

Militants trained in Islamic State group camps across the border in Libya carried out several attacks on Tunisia last year, including the attacks on the Tunis Bardo museum and a Sousse beach hotel targeting foreign tourists.

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