National Guard officer, 3 militants killed in Tunisia clashes

A Tunisian national guard chief and three militants were killed in an exchange of fire near the Algerian border on Monday, according to a local security source.

The shootout took place in a remote area near the town of Hidra in the Kasserine province, the source said on condition of anonymity.

The source declined to give further details as the operation against the militants was still ongoing.

Monday’s violence came on the first day of campaigning for Tunisia’s presidential election slated for Sept. 15.