Tunisian guards face gunfight near Algeria border
[Magharebia] A Tunisian National Guard officer died Monday (December 10th) in festivities with armed gun-hung tough guys near the Algerian border.

The incident began when a guard at an oil company spotted "suspicious bearded men" near the Kasserine town of Bou Chebka. The border post chief in Feriana, 27-year-old Anis Jlassi, was killed in the shootout.

The four attackers got away.

Within the past week, Tunisian forces tossed in the clink
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two alleged salafist jihadists in Jendouba, also along the Algeria border. A search of the suspects' all-terrain vehicle uncovered weapons, ammunition and explosives.

The suspects were also reportedly carrying hand-drawn maps showing the locations of military and security patrols.

Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki on December 7th voiced concern over jihadist incursions into his country.

"The persons who go to Mali for training in jihad, as was the case in the past with Afghanistan, pose a threat because they return to Tunisia afterwards," he said in an interview with London's The World Today.

Asked about the September 14th attack on the US Embassy in Tunis, he said: "I was surprised, like the government, with the attack. We didn't expect the extent of danger that the salafist jihadist could pose."

Posted by: Fred 2012-12-12