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Soldier killed by jihadi mine in western Tunisia

23 March 2015, 08:03

Tunis - A Tunisian soldier was killed and two others injured on Sunday when their vehicle hit a landmine "planted by terrorist elements" in a mountainous western region near the Algerian border, the defence ministry said.

"A mine exploded under their vehicle," ministry spokesperson Belhassen Oueslati told AFP.

The incident comes as the country is on high alert after Islamist gunmen killed 20 foreign tourists and a policeman at the country's national museum on Wednesday.

Also read: Tunisian took break from travel agent job to shoot terrorists

Tunisia is currently hunting a third suspect implicated in the massacre, President Beji Caid Essebsi said on Sunday, after admitting security failures at the Bardo.

Wednesday's attack on the National Bardo Museum was the first assault claimed by the Islamic State group in the North African country.



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