Deadly clashes erupt in Tunisia's Ben Gardane near Libya
March 7, Tunis: At least 45 people have been killed in clashes between security forces and armed men in a Tunisian city near the border with Libya.
Among the dead in Monday’s gun battle, 28 were attackers, 10 soldiers were and seven were civilians.
The Tunisian interior ministry said that the attackers simultaneously targeted an army barracks and national guards with heavy weaponry, including rocket-propelled grenades. An ambulance was also stolen in the clashes.
While the situation has calmed down, authorities said a curfew will be implemented in the city on Monday evening.
A security and military campaign began last week in Ben Gardane, after Tunisian security officials said "terrorist groups" sneaked into the country.
Officials said the campaign followed raids in Libya against fighters of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group.
Fighters trained in Libya carried out several attacks inside Tunisia last year.
The Oslo Times