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    National Guardsman Injured by Land Mine Describes Militants' Camp

    By Farah Samti | May 3 2013 Share on Linkedin Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google Share on pinterest Print

    Tags: Bassem Belhaj Yahia , Chambi Mountain , Land mines , main-national-featured , National Guard ,
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    Bassem Belhaj Yahia being interview in his hospital bed. Image courtesy Mosaique FM.

    Bassem Belhaj Yahia, a national guardsman who lost a leg during ongoing mine clearance operations near the Algerian border, said the group of militants being pursued by security forces is armed, well trained, and dangerous.

    In an interview with radio Shems FM, Yahia, who is currently recovering following surgery to save his other leg, described what transpired during a search for militants hiding in the forest of Chambi Mountain in Kasserine governorate.

    Yahia said he was injured the second day of the search, a day after other members of his team had been injured in land mine explosions. Yahia and two snipers were on a scouting mission when more mines exploded.

    He said they discovered a camp where the militants had been hiding. It consisted of huts built into the ground and heavily camouflaged so they would not be spotted by helicopters. He described the camp as strategically located.

    “All evidence showed that these people are very well-trained and were ready to attack,” Yahia added.

    The scouting team revealed that the militants were well trained and organized, using solar energy to charge their phones and surviving on snacks.

    “They probably have outside connections too,” he said.

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      Mohamed Ben amor /

      My heart goes to our brave Tunisian soldiers, a donation should be set up for these soldiers, Iam willing to help.

    1. Mohamed Ben amor /

      I bet you that they are helped by the Saudis and Qataris who helped destroying Iraq and Syria, I do not think that they will succeed in Tunisia because the Tunisians are much smarter than these backward Saudis and Qataris.

    2. Patrick Batchelder /

      Tunisia needs to seek out-side, large amounts of money to target these people with technology and training against these people. It will take a lot of money and catching-up to get rid of these thugs. These people have been creating terror for decades and to combat it Tunisian will need to move fast and that takes help and money.

      • maria /

        Tunisia does get help form out side with training equipment etc., Tunisia just took delivery of the new j30 plane so it had monry for defences….the troops need training and support now. god help them offering their lives for a government who may be sitting on the fence…..its disgusting

    3. Truthteller /

      Who is training in these camps? How long have they been there? What do they want? Who are their allies and what do they want? There are a lot of weapons now circulating freely in the region. Those of you who say Qatr or the Saudis are behind this, ask yourselves what do they have to gain from this. Someone is profiting from all this violence and destabilization. The link above, which promises more information, only links back to this article.

    4. Publicola /

      To support democracy, and be it by just doing one’s jobwise or professional duty, seems to be a highly dangerous, and even deadly task.
      The severely injured guardsman has rendered outstanding services to democracy and to his country and deserves not only the deepest respect but also a perceptibly considerable long-term compensation.

    5. mounir /

      ENNAHDA TERRORIST GOVT IS RESPONSIBLE, THEY SUPPORT THIS POLICY OF TERRORIST , THEY ARE THE TERRORIST WITH SUPPORT OF THE BIGGEST TERRORIST USA/QATAR/SAUDIE/UK/ FUCK THE FAKE REVOLUTION, PEOPEL ARE SO DUMB AND STUPID TO BELIEVE THIS NONSENS

      BEN ALI , I SALUTE YOU

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