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Tunisia: National mourning for soldiers killed in "terrorist" attack

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Tunisia: National mourning for soldiers killed in "terrorist" attack

TUNIS, July 17 (Xinhua) -- Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki announced national mourning for three days starting Thursday, following the death of 14 soldiers in a "terrorist" attack on Mountain Chaambi in Kasserine, near the Tunisian-Algerian borders.

Tunisian flags on top of public buildings and institutions will be half-mast for the three days, according to the official communique issued by the presidency on Thursday.

As a reaction to the incident, several political parties, including Ennahdha and civil society representatives, called for anti-terrorism protests in order to condemn the killing of Tunisian soldiers.

The attack was not the first one against troops of Tunisian army. Four Tunisian soldiers were killed in a landmine explosion on a mountain in Kef, northwest of the country, in early July.

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/xinhua-news-agency/140717/tunisia-national-mourning-soldiers-killed-terrorist-attack