14 TUNISIAN TROOPS KILLED IN ATTACK ON ARMY

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TUNIS: Suspected jihadists killed 14 Tunisian soldiers near the Algerian border, officials said on Thursday (Friday in Manila), in the worst such attack in the army’s history as it presses a crackdown on radical Islamists. The attack took place in the Mount Chaambi region on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila) evening as the soldiers were breaking their day-long Ramadan fast. The defense ministry said 40 to 60 “terrorists,” a term used to refer to Al-Qaeda-linked jihadists, opened fire on twin army posts with machine-guns and grenade launchers. Fourteen soldiers died, 18 were wounded and another went missing, making it the heaviest toll inflicted on the army since Tunisia’s independence in 1956, the ministry said. The army said nine of the soldiers had burned to death.

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