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    Land Mines Injure Security Forces During Search for Terrorists

    By Roua Khlifi | Apr 30 2013 Share on Linkedin Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google Share on pinterest Print

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    Chambi Mountain. Photo courtesy of www.tunisia-tourism.org.

    Nine members of Tunisian state security forces were injured in three land mine explosions near the Algerian border over the past two days.

    The injuries occurred in the forests of Mount Chambi in the Kasserine governorate. Since last December, this region has witnessed armed clashes between the Tunisian army and Islamist groups.

    Yesterday, two national guardsmen were badly injured by a land mine explosion while they pursued a terrorist group hiding in the Chambi forest. According to the Ministry of the Interior, one lost a leg while the other suffered serious head wounds. The national guardsmen were treated at the hospital in Kasserine before being transported to the military hospital in Tunis.

    “They had already prepared land mines before we arrived, as if it were an ambush,” Mohamed Khlifi of the National Guard told state television channel Al Wataniya.

    On Monday afternoon another soldier was wounded in a second land mine explosion, reported state press agency TAP. The second land mine was only 100 meters away from the first one.

    National guards and members of the army protested what they said was a delay in assisting the wounded after the explosions.

    ”We don’t have the right equipment  for victims of terrorist attacks,” Mohamed Tahri of the National Guardsmen’s Union told Al Wataniya. “The land mine exploded around 8:00 a.m., while the helicopter arrived around 11:00 (a.m.).”

    Following the land mine explosions, the Chambi forest became a closed military zone.

    Tuesday afternoon, a third land mine exploded, wounding six national guard and army members from units sweeping the area for terrorist elements, according to a statement released by the Ministry of the Interior.

    The Tunisian government held an emergency ministerial meeting Tuesday to discuss the situation in Kasserine.

    Prime Minister Ali Laraayedh announced that special measures will be taken to protect security forces while doing their duties, according to Mosaique FM. He also called on politicians to support security forces as they fight violence and terrorism in Tunisia.

    Alaya Allani, a historian and researcher on Islamism in the Maghreb, told Tunisia Live that the situation in the country has reached an alarming stage with the recent land mine explosions.

    “Tunisia is not a country that had a previous history of land mine explosions or jihad,” Allani said. “This will be an obstacle in building the democracy that the country needs. This also raises several questions regarding policies of the government that have clearly failed to establish a religious strategy that promotes tolerance.”

    ”The evolution of the Jihadist movement is threatening to the stability of the country,” he added. “Instead of welcoming Wahhabi preachers, the government should take strict measures against the influence of a model that, while it functions for other countries, does not suit the Tunisian experience.”

    He called on civil society to organize a forum to fight terrorism and to create a national dialogue with the extremists.

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      maria /

      Much more training is needed for these troops. The government need to prepare for all actualities and support the army and police mush more through better working conditions and budgets…Tunisia really needs to state which way it intends to go there is too much sitting on the fence which costs lives. The so call Jihadist movement are going to take every advantage they can and really need to be given a stern message followed by action. There has to be a division between state and religion and the government need to be prepared to take aggressive steps to ensure this message is understood and felt. This is not about tolerance there should be zero tolerance against those who want to fight so called ‘holy wars’ in and on Tunisia’s land. Will the government please stand up

    1. mounir /

      FUCK YOUR YOUR DEMOCRATIE, ENAHHDA TERRORIST GOVT IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE WHOLE SITUATION, THE FUCK HEAD OF THE ARMIES IS RESPOSIBLE FOR LETTING THESE TERRORIST ORGANIZATION ENAHHDA SHARE POWER.
      FUCK THE CIA DEMOCRATIE
      TUNISIA LIVE TAKE YOUR RESPONSIBILITY AND THAT IS TO INFORM THE PEOPLE AND NOT TO TAKE A SAFE OBJECTIVE SIDE THAT EVERYTHING IS OK, TUNISIA IS SINKING , THESE KIND OF EVENTS ARE JUST THE SILENT BEFORE THE STORM , JUST WAIT OVER 6 MONTHS, INVESTMENT IS STIL GOING DOWN , AND FOREIGN CURRENCY DEPOSIT ALSO, THE PEOPLE ARE FED UP WITH THIS NEW CIRCUS , INTRODUCING ENNAHDA, JUST FOR THE DREAM OF RACHED GHANOUCHI AND HIS FAMILY , WE AS A COUNTRIE MUST GO THREW THIS MISERIA, FOR THE CAUSE OF ENNAHDA SECT, SLAVES OF QATARIE MASTER,USA/UK.

      I HOPE ONE DAY THEY WIL BE JUDGED, FOR SELLING THE COUNTRIE

      FUCK THIS DEMOCRATIE OF HUNGER AND LIES, AND SELLING THE SOUL AND COUNTRIE AND THE PEOPLE.

      VIVA RCD VIVA BENALI

      • Sahbi /

        You need to learn the proper English Vocabulary you idiot. Britain enjoys a hundred year democracy, and still struggling with it. The same for the Economy, the world is in depression mate not just Tunisia. You hear what is hapening in Cyprus, Portugal, Italy and all the European Countries. Ennahdha hasn’t got a magic trick, it will take time stupid. Your Ben Ali has run the country to the wall and it will take year to recover. If you don’t like it in Tunisia, go and live in France and see what it is like.
        Don’t post comments “willy nilly” before thinking, and a bit of respect at least for yourself.

    2. Publicola /

      No freedom for the enemies of freedom, no tolerance for the enemies of tolerance.

      Religious extremistgs, fanatics and terrorists respect nobody beyond and outside their distorted view of religion;
      they are high-handed and megalomaniac;
      their religion is nothing but pure hatred;
      their intention is destruction,
      the destruction
      – of any open society,
      – of any democracy,
      – of any State governed by the rule of law in which human rights and fundamental freedoms are fully respected.

    3. mounir is dumb /

      @mounir
      what did your Ben Ali do? slimane? ghriba….? beside his own terrorizing of almost all tunisians?
      dude take your dumbness and spill it somewhere else…

    4. Publicola /

      Instead of hatred, death and destruction

      “We hold these truths to be self-evident,
      that all men are created equal,
      that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable Rights,
      that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness

      source: Declaration of Independence, 1776

      a dignified life, liberty and happiness now and in the future
      that’s what I wish
      the admirable Tunisian people and in particular the editorial staff and readership of tunisia live

      P.

      1rst May, 2013

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=582wECI1o5A

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