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The army celebrates the First Anniversary of the Tunisian Revolution, December 17, 2011. Photo credit: Rabii Kalboussi, Tunisia Live.

At least eight soldiers were killed and others wounded Monday in an exchange of fire with gunmen on Chaambi Mountain at the Tunisia-Algeria border. The gunmen are believed to belong to a group of terrorists pursued by the Tunisian Army on the mountain for several months.

State TV reported  the eight soldiers were ambushed and killed during a gunshot exchange with the militant groups this afternoon. Additionally, Mosaique FM reported that five of the slain soldiers were found “slaughtered.”  The coroner’s examination determined the five soldiers had been mutilated after they were killed; all eight soldiers were killed at approximately six p.m..

The spokesperson of the Ministry of Defense declared that the ambush took place when a group of soldiers was preparing to replace another in the same zone of Chaambi Mountain. The mine that exploded was planted in a zone that had previously been swept and secured by the army.

According to Mosaique FM’s correspondent in Algeria, Algerian security authorities believe that a terrorist group headed by Kamel Ben Arbia, also known as Abu Fida, was behind the attack. Arbia was arrested a few days ago by Algerian authorities, who believe that Monday’s attack was carried out in response to his arrest.

To honor the soldiers, the Tunisian presidency has announced a three-day national mourning. 

A press conference will be held Tuesday morning by the Ministry of Defense to reveal more details.

Last April, nine members of Tunisian security forces were injured in three land mine explosions while chasing suspects on Mount Chaambi.  The government believes the land mines were planted  by militant cells that have ties with Al-Qaeda, who have been taking refuge on the mountain.

During the first week of May, two more members of the armed forces were injured by a land mine explosion.

Since May, security and army forces have been searching for militant groups hiding in the mountains. In June, two members of the army were killed and two others were injured when their vehicle passed over a land mine, marking the fifth explosion in the area.

Days after that incident, the Ministry of Justice revealed that the militants hiding in Chaambi had finally left the area and that they believed the new land mines were planted by actors outside the mountain.

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  1. Mr Boukouba says:

    Terrorism? Yes it is.

    But isn’t it weird that these terrorists havent made any propaganda yet?
    We were used to see terrorist’s videos of “heroism” all over the web for less important actions..

    They Killed 9 soldiers in a PREPARED AMBUSH and still keeping silence!!
    No messages, no declarations, no threats, nothing !!!

    I say this is not “The Usual Terrorist” way of doing things..
    Or Maybe these killers aren’t really the usual terrorists..

    This dilema may have a simple solution: Somebody had spoke for them actually.. they don’t need to say more than what was said.

    Our patriotic duty is then to hold on for the next few months, until the elections date, and don’t fall into another long cycle of anarchy.. Anarchy that they need the most for their evil plans to succeed.

  2. winston donald says:

    all arab countries are potential for violence. it is in their blood.

    • Mr Boukouba says:

      Sir?!! Please…!!
      Violence is an international problem dont try to attach it to a specefic nation or ethnicity.. As this is proven totally wrong not only in history, but also in actual events..

    • ConstructiveCritic says:

      I am sorry to say that your comment has to be one of the most ignorant comments going around on this site!

  3. Terrorism at its finest!!

    – THEY killed Belaid and demand the dissolution of the government, the ANC and LPR.
    – THEY killed and injured in Jebel Chaâmbi and demanded the dissolution of the government, the ANC and LPR.
    – THEY killed Brahmi and demanded the dissolution of the government, the ANC and LPR. (well before the arrival of his body at the morgue-!)
    – THEY killed 9 soldiers of the elite corps of the Army, and have called for the dissolution of the government, the ANC and LPR!
    So, who are “THEY”? Maybe we should dissolve the government, the ANC and LPR –which is their objective– to stop the cycle of violence…

  4. Abel ashes says:

    Algeria should execute Abu Fida to show that you can’t use terrorism to set terrorists free. Burn the whole mountain and show these terrorists no mercy. Quarantine the whole mountain and burn it.

  5. Tunisian Man says:

    Align with the US and their military technology. France has nothing to offer and Tunisia’s Army competence is out-dated to deal with this.

    • england says:

      Got nothing to do with the US…one minute people hate the US (not speaking of you particularly) then suggesting align with them like the US have nothing better to do than continuously bail out countries who hate them. Far better for the Tunisian government to get a grip on this, arm the soldiers, train the army, and upgrade their equipment. join with algeria or libya to secure the boarders. Why not ask one of the Arab states for help in training the soldiers or the giving of weapons. This is not any one else’s problem those responsible in the country should be held accountable. If they shirk their duty then hold elections and allow the people to vote.

      Many Tunisians are just standing by in the shadows waiting to see what happens, not paying attention to the political process taking place right under their own noses. so why should the send their children, mothers fathers etc., to a country that is not responding to its own plight….

      • MVD says:

        Sharing US military technology does not necessarily equate to boots on the ground and would certainly not in this case. It should be given freely if requested. Pressure on and rooting out of Al Queda and associates is in the US interest.

    • Big al says:

      TUNISIAN MAN, i like you, but keep obama and the I.R.S. OUT OF IT, bring in the navy seals, station the soldiers in tunisia at the guys can’t hustle the soldiers and the girls, can marry the soldiers, but the law sucks, you gotta be muslim, which sucks, just to marry a tunisian, i change that brought my wife out of the country, 13 years ago.

  6. zingry says:

    you would expect a general strike tomorrow from the Union…..neeeh…

    No political gain from the soldier’s assassination..so they don’t care…

    hypocrites.

  7. england says:

    Did the other soldiers who lost their lives get days of morning in their honor. Its good that the army get recognition but again this government swings back and fourth….no consistency

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