President Beji Caid Essebsi says the Tunisian people should be proud of the fight put up by security forces during Monday's attack by militants on the Tunisian town of Ben Guerdan that left more than 50 people dead. Rough Cut – subtitled (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT - SUBTITLED (NO REPORTER NARRATION) President Beji Caid Essebsi said the country should be proud of the efforts made by security forces on the border town of Ben Guerdan, where dozens of security officers risked their lives in an attack by Islamist militants, where at least 53 people were killed, including civilians. "I want the Tunisian people to be proud of the army, the national guard, police forces and customs. They were expecting such al operation, not at this scale, but still they were expecting it. They were up to the challenge and the Tunisian people should be proud of them. The Tunisian people are secure and the police forces are vigilant," Essebsi said. Authorities sealed off the nearby beach resort town of Djerba, a popular destination for foreign and local tourists, imposed a curfew on Ben Guerdan and closed two border crossings with Libya after the attack. It was not clear if the attackers crossed the border, and no group immediately claimed responsibility. But it was the type of militant operation Tunisia's government has feared as it prepares for potential spillover from Libya, where Islamic State militants have gained ground.