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Tuesday 6 December 2016

Tunisia unveils anti-jihadi fence on border with Libya

Published 06/02/2016 | 19:36

Tunisian defence minister Farhat Horchani inspected the first completed part of the 122-mile fence (AP)
Tunisian defence minister Farhat Horchani inspected the first completed part of the 122-mile fence (AP)

Tunisia's defence minister has visited an anti-jihadi fence that is being built on the country's border with Libya to stop Islamist militants from entering Tunisian territory.

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Defence minister Farhat Horchani inspected the first completed part of the 122-mile fence on Saturday, which aims to counter the threat from jihadi militants and render the entire border impassable by vehicles.

Mr Horchani said the project came about with financial assistance from Germany and the US.

Military personnel and dozens of journalists were also given a tour of the defence structure, composed of sand alongside water-filled trenches and monitoring centres.

The fence initiative was announced last summer after two terrorist attacks in three months killed 59 foreign tourists and garnered world attention.

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