Land mines injure Tunisian security forces near Algerian border

TUNIS, Tunisia, May 1 (UPI) --
Three land mine explosions near the Tunisian border with Algeria injured nine members of Tunisia's security forces this week, the government said.

The incidents occurred in a region that has seen armed clashes between the Tunisian army and Islamist groups since December, Tunisia Live reported.

The government had an emergency meeting Tuesday to discuss the situation in the Kasserine governorate. Tunisian Prime Minister Ali Larayedh said special measures will be instituted to protect security forces.

Historian Alaya Allani, a researcher on Islamism in the Maghreb, told Tunisia Live that the situation in the country has reached an alarming stage.

"The evolution of the jihadist movement is threatening the stability of the country," Allani said. "Tunisia is not a country that had a previous history of land mine explosions or jihad."

Allani said instead of welcoming Wahhabi preachers, the government should take strict measures against their influence.


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