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Latest update : 2013-07-30

Eight Tunisian soldiers were killed when gunmen ambushed an army unit near the border with Algeria, a presidential spokesman said. The attack took place on Jebel Chaambi, a suspected hideout of al Qaeda-linked militants.

Tunisia’s presidential spokesman says gunmen ambushed an army unit patrolling in a mountainous region near the border with Algeria, killing eight soldiers.

Adnan Mancer told The Associated Press that the attack took place Monday on Jebel Chaambi, Tunisia’s tallest mountain and a suspected hideout of al-Qaida-linked militants.

The army has been searching the mountainous region near the Algerian frontier since a patrol was hit by a roadside bomb in April.

On June 24, the army declared the mountain cleared of extremists in a campaign that cost three lives and left 27 soldiers injured.

In the course of its operation, the army discovered evidence suggesting an al-Qaida-linked movement supported by the local population had set up training camps in the area.

(AP)
 

Date created : 2013-07-29

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