Tunisian security forces have killed 21 militants after they launched a cross-border raid from Libya, the government says. Fighting followed an attack on an army base and a police station in the eastern town of Ben Guerdane. It was also gathered that Tunisian government has dug a trench along the border with Libya in a bid to prevent militants from gaining entry into the country.
Four civilians were also killed in the clashes, according to the interior ministry. Meanwhile there is there is growing concern in Tunisia about the threat from Islamist fighters based in Libya being able to cross the border. Our North African Correspondent reports that all entrances to the town have been shut, including the Ras Jdeir border crossing with Libya. Tunisia’s Prime Minister Habib Essid said on his Facebook page that “Tunisian forces killed five militants in the same area after they had entered Tunisia with the aim of carrying out “terrorist attacks.”
It would be recalled last year that two major attacks on tourist hot spots killed dozens of foreigners in the country. In March, 22 people died when the Bardo Museum in Tunis was targeted, and in June, 38 people were killed when a gunman opened fire on tourists on the beach in Sousse.
that threat to grow and Tunisia has responded by building a trench along the border to try and stop fighters infiltrating