Around 50 inhabitants of Tunisia’s governorate of Kasserine held a protest this morning in reaction to a roadside explosion earlier today that killed two soldiers and injured two others. Protesters called for security forces to set Mount Chaambi on fire.
The protestors believe that burning the mountain will help them drive out the militants it is harboring, as well as to address the threat of landmines in the area, according to Mahjoub Kaheri, an activist from Kasserine.
Locals in the Kasserine governorate, located in western Tunisia near the Algerian borders, have seen landmine explosions moving closer and closer toward urban areas. The possibility of these explosions reaching large cities or even the capitol is not far-fetched, Kaheri told Tunisia Live.
He said that inhabitants of Kasserine are shocked and frightened, feeling that the danger is becoming closer.
“The first explosion began at the top of Mount Chaambi about 1500 meters up, then it reached the middle of the mountain 500 meters up, and after that it came closer to the edge, and now one occurred on the road three kilometers from ISET university,” Kaheri said.
“It is a scandal what is happening now in Tunisia – each time one of our army officers dies, and the explosions are now outside of the mountain,” he went on. “Today the mine was found by the road. Tomorrow one might be found in a post office or a school.”
“We need clarification about what is going on exactly. We want to know who is responsible, and we want to see these terrorists who are deploying the landmines,” Kaheri added.
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