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13 killed in clashes in western Tunisia

Tunisia's Defence Ministry said today that ten "terrorists" and three army troops have been killed in clashes in the western part of the country.

Ministry spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Belhassen Oueslati said six "terrorists" were killed on Wednesday and four others yesterday.

"Three military personnel were also killed in clashes in Djebel Selloum in the western Kasserine province," Oueslati told state TV.

Oueslati said seven other military personnel were injured in a crackdown campaign launched against militants in the area since Wednesday.

Since late 2011, Tunisian security forces have been searching for militants in the western Jebel ech Chambi region.

The authorities accuse the militants of orchestrating attacks on security personnel.

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