Tunisia closes border with Libya after clashes

    Tunisia closes border with Libya after clashes

    March 8, Tunis: Tunisia closed its border with Libya after a brazen attack by suspected ISIL fighters on a frontier town left at least 53 people dead.

    Gunmen attacked the eastern town of Ben Gardane on Monday and fighting continued past nightfall.

    Tunisian Prime Minister Hassid Essid said the assault was an Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) attempt to carve out a stronghold on the border.

    Tunisian interior and defense ministers traveled to the town to oversee heightened border protection operations on Tuesday, according to a joint statement. The attackers simultaneously targeted an army barracks and police posts with heavy weaponry, including rocket-propelled grenades.

    The government imposed a curfew in Ben Gardane.

    The Oslo Times


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