Tunisia presses hunt for jihadists

August 3 2013

Tunis –

Tunisia’s army pressed ahead on Saturday with operations against Islamists in a remote mountain range after a deadly ambush on its troops heightened a crisis sparked by a political assassination.

The authorities kept a tight lid on the overland and helicopter raids launched on Friday in the Mount Chaambi area near the border with Algeria where Islamist militants including veterans of a revolt in northern Mali are suspected to be hiding out.

Eight Tunisian soldiers were found in the area on Monday with their throats cut after being ambushed by militants.

The interior ministry, meanwhile, said a “religious extremist” was killed and another wounded in two separate incidents while handling explosives.

And police said a suspect package was found in Tunis warning security forces to withdraw from Mount Chaambi.

The coalition government led by moderate Islamic movement Ennahda has acknowledged that the country faces a growing threat of terrorism, although it has yet to issue a call for the public to remain vigilant.

On the political front, a compromise still eluded opponents and supporters of the government in their efforts to defuse a crisis triggered by the July 25 assassination of opposition figure Mohamed Brahmi that has been blamed on jihadists.

Opposition parties have called on the government to step down but failed to draw up a united stand on policy.

Ennahda insists on its legitimacy to govern based on the last elections in October 2011.

Both sides in the political stand-off staged daily demonstrations over the past week, with Ennahda sending out calls for a mass solidarity rally in the capital’s Kasbah Square from 9pm (20.00 GMT) on Saturday.

The government’s critics say it has failed to rein in radical Islamists, who have grown in influence and stand accused of a wave of attacks since the 2011 uprising which toppled long-time president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.

Since Brahmi’s death – the second political slaying after leftist leader Chokri Belaid was gunned down in February – around 60 politicians have pulled out of the National Constituent Assembly that is drawing up Tunisia’s long-delayed new constitution.

Tunisian authorities have pointed to links between the Chaambi militants, the assassins of Brahmi and Belaid and Tunisia’s main Salafist organisation Ansar al-Sharia, which denies the accusation. – Sapa-AFP

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Chaambi : Abattu par des tirs amis, le soldat Mbarki avait refusé de s’arrêter

Chaambi : Abattu par des tirs amis, le soldat Mbarki avait refusé de s’arrêter

Lilia Weslaty › Jun 3, 13

Mise à jour 18h :

Selon nos sources sur place à Kasserine, l’adjudant-chef Mokhtar Mbarki a été le chef du camp. Le nombre de balles par lesquelles il a été tué, tirées par ses propres soldats, serait plutôt de 10 et non 7. Nous avons recontacté le porte-parole du ministère de la Défense qui a répondu qu’il ne savait rien des détails de ce drame.

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A Not so “Friendly” Fire

Tunisia soldier killed by ‘friendly fire’

Tunis – Tunisian soldiers accidentally shot dead a colleague during an operation targeting an al-Qaeda-linked jihadist group in the country’s western border region, the interior ministry said on Monday.

http://www.news24.com/Africa/News/Tunisia-soldier-killed-by-friendly-fire-20130603-2

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Tunisian Soldiers Injured by land mine blasts

Landmine blast wounds Tunisian soldiers

Tunis – Three Tunisian soldiers have been wounded in a landmine explosion near the Algerian border where security forces are pursuing Islamist insurgents, the defence ministry said.

http://www.iol.co.za/news/africa/landmine-blast-wounds-tunisian-soldiers-1.1525776#.UauzBpyTVD4

Tunisian Soldiers Injured in Land mine blast

Landmine blast wounds 3 Tunisian soldiers near Algerian border

(Reuters) – Three Tunisian soldiers have been wounded in a landmine explosion near the Algerian border where security forces are pursuing Islamist insurgents, the defense ministry said.

The incident, which happened on Saturday, was the latest of several mine blasts in the remote area of Mount Chaambi, the focus of a hunt for Islamist militants since December.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/06/02/us-tunisia-mine-idUSBRE95106220130602?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews

 

Tunisian Soldiers Injured in Blast

Tunisia soldiers hunting Qaeda wounded by mine

TUNIS (AFP) – Three Tunisian soldiers hunting Al-Qaeda-linked jihadists in the rugged border region near Algeria have been wounded in a mine explosion on Mount Chaambi, the defence ministry said.

“The blast happened at 6:15 pm (1715 GMT on Saturday) under a military vehicle, wounding three soldiers,” ministry spokesman Colonel Mokhtar Ben Nasr told AFP.

http://www.modernghana.com/news/466679/1/tunisia-soldiers-hunting-qaeda-wounded-by-mine.html

Progress against terrorism in Tunisia

Tunisia making progress against terror – PM

2013-05-23 14:10

Tunis – Prime Minister Ali Larayedh said on Thursday that Tunisia is making progress in its bid to dismantle “terrorist” cells despite the presence in the country of armed groups and recent clashes with Islamists.

http://www.news24.com/Africa/News/Tunisia-making-progress-against-terror-PM-20130523

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