The Tunisian presidency has announced three days of mourning in the country over the death of nine Tunisian soldiers in Al-Shaanbi neighbourhood at the Tunisian-Algerian border.
The soldiers were killed in what was described as a "terrorist attack," when they were patrolling the neighbourhood in Al-Qasreen Governorate to the west of the country.
In a speech to the nation, the Tunisian president Moncef Marzouki, announced the mourning and called for Tunisians to "unite in the face of terrorism."
The president also called for the political elite to overcome their differences and unite "for the sake of Tunisia."
The killing of the soldiers came as the country passed a political deadlock. The Tunisian opposition is calling for the dissolution of the Constitutional Council in wake of the assassination of one of the Council's members Mohamed al-Brahmi.
In a speech on Monday head of the Tunisian government, Ali Laarayedh, called for preventing crowding in the streets to push for the dissolution of the Constitutional Council. He instead called for talks to discuss the issue.