Two soldiers killed by landmine in Tunisia

Tunisian army patrol near the attacked Imperial Marhaba hotel in Sousse, Tunisia, Saturday, June 27, 2015. (AP)

Two soldiers were killed by a landmine in western Tunisia near the Algerian border, a region where the army has been chasing militants since 2012, the defense ministry said on Tuesday.

“Two soldiers died, one last night and the second early this morning, after they were injured in a landmine explosion in Mount Mghila on Monday,” the ministry's spokesman Belhassen Oueslati told the AFP news agency.

On Monday, the ministry had reported four soldiers were wounded after a landmine it said was planted by “terrorists” exploded during an army sweep on Mount Mghila in the Kasserine region.

Mount Mghila is located next to the main militants’ hideout of Mount Chaambi.

Tunisia has since its 2011 revolution faced an upsurge in violence that has cost the lives of several dozen soldiers and police, with several attacks claimed by Al-Qaeda’s North African branch.

But the bloodiest attacks, claimed by ISIS has killed a total of 59 foreign tourists, targeting the Bardo Museum in Tunis in March and a seaside resort near Sousse in June.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:46 - GMT 06:46