Battle of Ben Guerdane
|Battle of Ben Guerdane|
|Part of the ISIL insurgency in Tunisia and the|
spillover of the Libyan Civil War (2014–present)
Central Ben Guerdane avenue pictured in 2011.
Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in Libya|
Ansar al-Sharia (Tunisia)
|Commanders and leaders|
Beji Caid Essebsi
(Minister of National Defense)
General Ismaïl Fathali
(Army Chief of Staff)
(Senior police official)
(Head of counter-terrorism department)
Colonel Abdel Atti Abdelkabir
(Local anti-terror security chief)†
|Casualties and losses|
|35-55 militants killed, 52 captured||13 security forces killed, 14 others wounded|
|7 civilians killed, 3 wounded|
|† Head of counter-terrorism division assassinated in home by militants.|
The Battle of Ben Guerdane occurred on March 7, 2016 in the city of Ben Gardane in Tunisia on the border with Libya. Islamic State forces attempted to seize the city, but were repulsed by the Tunisian military. The clashes continued also on 8 and 9 of March in the area.
Armed groups of militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in Libya and Ansar al-Sharia began the attack on the town by grouping around and seizing the local mosque. The mosque loudspeakers were used to broadcast a message and a signal for the attack on government facilities. The Tunisian National Guard, military barracks, and police posts were simultaneously ambushed, in an attempt to takeover Ben Gardane and establish an "Emirate" within Tunisia. The fighting continued between the attackers and Tunisian military and police reinforcements, until clashes ended in mid-morning, and continued pursuit operations in the vicinity lasted the rest of the day.
- United Nations: United Nations Security Council condemned “in the strongest terms” the terrorist attack. In a statement, the council considered that “any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed.” It also “underlined the need to bring perpetrators... of these reprehensible acts of terrorism to justice,” reaffirming “the need for all States to combat” this scourge by all means.
- 2014 Chaambi Mountains attack
- 2015 Bardo National Museum attack
- 2015 Sousse attacks
- 2015 Tunis bombing
- Two militants, Tunisian soldier killed in clashes
- "Tunisia closes border with Libya after fierce clashes". www.aljazeera.com. Retrieved 2016-03-08.
- Tunisia: Military Foil Attack On Ben Guerdane Barracks, No Less Than 10 Terrorists Killed Allafrica website, March 8, 2016
- Tunisia forces kill five ‘terrorists’ after deadly IS raid