By Houda Mzioudet.
Tunis, 1 October 2015:
Tunisian security forces appear to have foiled an attempt to infiltrate car bombs as well as . . .[restrict]arms and explosives from Libya in an incident about which details remain slight.
Three vehicles without registration plates were yesterday trying to cross the border ditch near Dhehiba in the eastern Tatouine governate. They were intercepted and fired on by members of the Tunisian National Guard. One vehicle was able to flee back across the border into Libya but two others were seized.
At this point details become murky. Tunisian Ministry of Defence spokesman Belhassen Weslati told local radio that one of the captured vehicles had been booby-trapped with a grenade and an explosive belt. This device was successfully defused.
Reuters however has reported that both vehicles were rigged as car bombs and also contained ten Kalashnikovs, RPGs, explosives, Libyan telephone cards and documents with the insignia of Islamic State.
It is unclear how many, if any, of the occupants of the two vehicles were detained. Tatouine is widely believed to have become a staging post for terrorists moving between Libya and Tunisia. [/restrict]