TUNIS, July 16 At least five Tunisian soldiers
were killed after gunmen armed with rocket-propelled grenades
and rifles attacked military checkpoints in the Mount Chaambi
area, where the army has been conducting an operation to flush
out Islamist militant fighters, the TAP state news agency and a
defense official said on Wednesday.
Since April, thousands of Tunisian troops have been deployed
to the remote Chaambi area near the Algerian border, where a
small group of militants have been holed up, some since the
French military operation drove al Qaeda-affiliated fighters out
of Mali last year.
(Reporting by Tarek Amara in Tunis; Writing by Patrick Markey)