Tunisian national guard patrol attacked by 15 militants

Published March 31st, 2016 - 05:00 GMT
Tunisian military forces are increasingly under attack by Daesh militants in the country. (AFP/File)
Tunisian military forces are increasingly under attack by Daesh militants in the country. (AFP/File)

Wednesday evening, a National Guard officer was injured in a fire exchange, in the locality of Snek in the governorate of Kasserine, between a border guard patrol of Boushebka and a militant group.

Tunisian military has increased patrols and checkpoints after a recent string of attacks. 

The three-member patrol was attacked by about 15 militants, while on their way back to the National Guard district in Feriana.

In view of the intense militant fire, the National Guard vehicle caught fire and the militants ran away towards Mount Chaambi, an Interior Ministry press release explains.

The officer, wounded in the hand, was transported to the Feriana local hospital before being transferred to the Kasserine regional hospital.

National guard and army units were dispatched to comb the area, the same source adds.

Tunisia remains in a state of emergency as Daesh spillover from Libya has led to an increase in attacks by militants on civilians and military posts.

Editor's note: This article has been edited from the source material


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