By Houda Mzioudet.
Tunis, 9 March 2015:
The Tunisian authorities have uncovered two arms caches in the Ben Guerdane area near the border with Libya . . .[restrict]in less than a week, according to the Tunisian Ministry of Interior.
On 6 March, an arms cache was found by the National Guard in the area of Wadi Rebaye, close to Ben Guerdane. Initially, two cars were stopped with several weapons and ammunitions. This led to the discovery of the cache which contained Kalashnikovs, RPGs and ammunition.
Yesterday, the ministry revealed that, as a result of intelligence information, a second arms cache had been found in near Moussarref, 15 kilometres from Ben Guerdane and 45 kilometres from the Tunisian-Libyan border. It contained 24 RPG shells and rockets, 40 anti-tank landmines, 23,000 cartridges, as well as 30 electric fuses and a quantity of fuse detonators.
The cache is believed to have been for radical groups in the Chaambi Mountains, on the Tunisian-Algerian border, Mohamed Ali Aroui, spokesman of the Interior Ministry told Watania 1 TV.
He said that the ministry’s operation had been aimed at cutting the supply of arms to “terrorist groups” in the Chaambi mountains and it demonstrated “its readiness to fight terrorism and protect Tunisian borders”. [/restrict]