Two Tunisian soldiers have been killed Thursday morning and four wounded in a roadside explosion in the Chaambi mountain in the area of Kasserine near the border with Algeria. A chief warrant officer and a corporal of the Tunisian army died after the explosion of a mine in the village of Doghra in Mount Chaambi (governorate of Kasserine), Defence Ministry spokesman Colonel Mokhtar Ben Nasr said. He added that the mine exploded when their military vehicle was coming by , which also caused slight injury to two other soldiers on board the vehicle.
Many of these militants are linked to al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM). Since the end of April, around 20 security force members in Tunisia have been wounded by mine explosions blamed on the militants.
Tunisia, which was long one of the most secular states in the Arab world, has been struggling to contain hardline Islamists who have become more active since 14th January revolution and Ennhada's Islamist party access to power.
The following link is a national Tunisian radio's inteview of an army officer in the Chaambi area in which he insists on the seriousness of the terrorist threat and calls Tunisian civil society to react immediately.
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