10 December 2012

Tunisia: Kasserine - Clashes Between Gunmen and National Guard Units Cause Death of Officer At Jebel Snak

Kasserine — A National Guard officer got killed, on Monday, during armed clashes between National Guard units and a group of gunmen at Jebel Snak-Tam Smida, delegation of Feriana, in mid-eastern governorate of Kasserine.

According to some sources, the armed group, made up of four people, managed to infiltrate the Tunisian territory from Algeria.

The Interior Ministry announced, in a communiqué a copy of which was sent to TAP, the death of National Guard Warrant Officer Anis Jelassi, hit by a bullet fired by the gunmen during a combing operation led by the National Guard, the Army and the Department of Forests of Jebel Snak-Tam Smida, in the delegation of Feriana, 10 Km from the Tunisian-Algerian border, adds the same communiqué.

According to the regional hospital of Kasserine, Warrant Officer Anis Jelassi succumbed to injuries in the hospital.

Heavy fire shots were heard during the clashes which led to the injury of members of some National Guard units, according to security sources.

The whole area is currently sealed off, after the arrival of military and security reinforcements who are conducting search operations.

No one of the gunmen has been arrested so far.

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