Sunday 26 February 2017

Girl among at least three dead in clashes near Tunisia-Libya border

Tunisian soldiers standing guard at the border crossing at Ras Jdir Ben Guerdane REUTERS/Stringer/Files
Tunisian soldiers standing guard at the border crossing at Ras Jdir Ben Guerdane REUTERS/Stringer/Files

Several people have been killed in clashes between Tunisian police and unidentified gunmen near the Libyan border, Tunisia's Interior Ministry has said.

The violence comes amid increasing international concern about Islamic State extremists in Libya and after dozens of tourists were killed in extremist attacks in Tunisia last year.

Ministry spokesman Yasser Mosbah said gunmen attacked a police station and military facilities at dawn on Monday. He said security forces killed a large number of assailants.

Hospital official Abdelkrim Sakroud said on state radio that three bodies had been taken to the hospital, including that of a 12-year-old girl.

The Tunisian military sent reinforcements and helicopters to the area around Ben Guerdane in eastern Tunisia and authorities are hunting several attackers who are at large. The ministry urged residents to stay indoors.

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