ALGIERS, Algeria - Terrorists ambushed a police unit close to the Algerian border, killing six members of the national guard on Sunday.
According to State news agency TAP, which earlier reported that nine people had been killed, members of Tunisia’s security forces were killed in an ambush in the northwest of the country close to the border with Algeria.
Further, the country’s Interior Ministry confirmed that the said that the police unit from Gar Dimaou was ambushed during a regular patrol in the region of Jendouba.
A security source was quoted as saying, “The terrorist attackers threw a grenade at the first security car and there were confrontations with firearms.”
In a statement, Ministry spokesman General Sufyan al-Zaq said the officers died on Sunday after “a mine exploded as they were patrolling in the Jendouba province near Tunisia's border with Algeria.”
Further, Zaq added that the national guard were caught in an "ambush" and that the assailants "opened fire" after the mine exploded.
With an uprising against autocrat Zine Abidine Ben Ali in 2011, Tunisia, which is one of the Arab world’s most secular nations, was hailed as a beacon of democratic change.
However since then, the nation also became a target for militants and attacks in Tunisia since the 2011 revolution have killed dozens of members of the security forces and 59 foreign tourists.
Further, in 2016, 12 soldiers and seven civilians were killed by the local chapter of the Islamic State of the Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/ISIS) attacked military and security posts in the eastern town of Ben Guerdane near Libya.
Before that, the country suffered three major attacks in 2015 with were all claimed by the Islamic State.
Two attacks took place against tourists, one at a museum in Tunis and the second on a beach in Sousse.
A third attack targeting presidential guards in the capital, killing 12.
No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack on Sunday.