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Tunisia building Libya border fence

Published 09/07/2015

An armed policeman patrols on a beach at Sousse, Tunisia
An armed policeman patrols on a beach at Sousse, Tunisia

Tunisia has announced plans to build a barrier along the border with Libya to keep out extremists following recent terror attacks claimed by the Islamic State group.

Prime minister Habib Essid said construction of the barrier, which is aimed at rendering the border "impassable" by jihadi fighters and vehicles, is expected to run to the end of the year.

Mr Essid said the barrier, which will be built by the army and private contractors, will cover about 105 miles of border with Libya and include fencing, a sand wall, trenches and surveillance posts.

Tunisia's government declared a state of emergency on Saturday - just days after a gunman killed 38 tourists in the coastal resort of Sousse.

Three months earlier, attackers fired on tourists and others at the National Bardo Museum in the capital, Tunis, killing 22 people.

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