Militant attacks on Tunisian army, police barracks leave 53 dead

TUNIS, March 7 (KUNA) — At least 53 people, including 36 militants, were killed and dozens others injured coordinated militant attacks on Tunisian army and police barracks in the city of Ben Guerdane, on the border the restive neighbor Libya.
Nearly 18 army, police, and civilians were also killed in the offensives, the Ministries of National Defence and the Interior announced in a joint statement.
It added that security and military forces continue their search operations in the city of Ben Guerdane “to track down what remains of the terrorist groups and secure the entry points and sensitive areas in the city”.
Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi has announced closure of borders with Libya and a night-time curfew (7:00 pm.-5:00 am) in Ben Guerdane and Djerba.
Minister of National Defence Farhat Horchani and Minister of the Interior Hedi Majdoub have rushed to the scene of the attacks.
Horchani said that the Tunisian army and police units are ready to all possibilities and terrorist will find no safe place in any part of Tunisia.
He lauded Ben Guerdane’s residents of support to the security and military forces in their fight against the militants. (end) ksj.ibi