Tunisia death toll rises to 55 after clashes near Libyan border

Published: Tuesday 8th March 2016 by The News Editor

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The death toll from clashes between Tunisian forces and extremist attackers near the Libyan border has risen to 55, according to the country’s Prime Minister Habid Essid.

Mr Essid says 36 attackers, seven civilians and 12 members of Tunisia’s security forces died, and 17 others were injured.

No group claimed immediate responsibility for Monday’s attack in the city of Ben Guerdane.

Mr Essid told a press conference on Tuesday that about 50 gunmen – most of them Tunisians – took part in the attack.

He said the gunmen targeted a police station and military facilities in Ben Guerdane after launching their attack from a nearby mosque.

He added that seven attackers were arrested and gave information that led to the discovery of a weapons cache.

Published: Tuesday 8th March 2016 by The News Editor

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