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Tunisian soldiers on Mount Chaambi. Image courtesy: TAP.

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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  1. Toontown says:

    The longer this goes on, the more it looks like the Tunisian military simply isn’t capable of mounting operations like this. Relatively speaking, capturing these militants shouldn’t be very complicated. As the weeks drag on, I worry that the military would be entirely ineffective of it faced a serious attack like the one at In Amenas.

    Maybe it’s time to reconsider how the military recruits personnel. It seems to me that grabbing unemployed youth off the street may not be the best way to find competent soldiers.

  2. M Amor says:

    WE KNOW WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS PROBLEM IT IS QATAR AND SAUDI ARABIA, HISTORY REPEATS ITSELF THESE BACKWARD ARABS WANT TO TAKE OVER THE AREA AGAIN, BECAUSE THEY FEEL THEY ARE LOSING US, WE ARE GETTING MORE CIVILIZED CLOSER TO THE EUROPEANS, AND THEY DO NOT WANT US TO GET AHEAD, THEY WANT US TO STAY BEHIND LIKE THEM.
    sO FAR THEY PAID &2 BILLIONS $ TO THE MERCENARIES IN THE ARAB COUNTRIES.

  3. maria says:

    A controlled burn may not get to the mines. Depending how deep they are buried as they respond to pressure not necessary flame. The army needs further training and acoustic equipment which is a safe way to detonate from a distance. the people who plant them are planning to commit death from a distance so when the army finds them they should make them walk those mountains till they find them or die trying…thereby saving the lives of the army and civilians in the area

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