Tunis — The Tunisian armed forces killed Monday 21 terrorists who launched an assault against a military compound in the south-east of Tunisia, near borders with Libya, announced Tunisian ministry of defence.
"The security and military forces killed 21 terrorists and arrested six after the posts of the National Guard and police as well as the military barracks have been the target of simultaneous attacks by terrorist groups in Ben Guerdane," a city near the Libyan borders, said the ministries of Interior and Defense in a joint communiqué.
The communiqué, which provided a provisional toll, reported that four civilians were also killed in Ben Guerdane.
A Tunisian soldier was also killed and two wounded attackers were arrested, said Rachid Bouhoula, the communication officer of the department said earlier.
"Military units were able to foil an attack against military barracks in Ben Guerdane launched at 5:15 a.m. (4:15 GMT). Thirteen terrorists were killed," Bouhoula said.
Army patrols "were deployed in the city of Ben Guerdane to secure its access," he added.
The Defense Ministry also urged people to be cautious, asking them to inform the authorities of any suspicious presence.