2 Tunisian soldiers killed near Algeria
06 June 2013, 15:46
Tunis - Two Tunisian soldiers were killed and four wounded
in a landmine explosion near the Algerian border where security forces are
pursuing Islamist insurgents, an army spokesperson said on Thursday.
The incident is the latest of several mine blasts in the
remote area of Mount Chaambi, the focus of a hunt for Islamist militants since
December. On Saturday, three soldiers were wounded in the area, southwest of
the capital Tunis.
"Two soldiers were killed and four others wounded in
the blast, in the hunt for terrorists," army spokesperson Mokhtar Ben Nasr
Tunisia, which was long one of the most secular states in
the Arab world, has been struggling to contain hardline Islamists who have
become more active since the overthrow of President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali in
The Islamist-led government blamed militant Salafis for the
assassination in February of secular opposition politician Chokri Belaid, whose
death provoked Tunisia's biggest street protests since Ben Ali's fall.
Salafis have also targeted alcohol outlets in several
Tunisian cities, prompting secularists to accuse them of having formed a
religious police and threatening the state.