Germany to Offer Tunisia Double Digit Sum to Enhance Security
German media “Der Spiegel” reported on Friday, without indicating sources, the sum will be used to buy “armoured personnel carriers” to improve national forces fight against extremists at the Libyan border.
The sum estimated at €10 million, it said to be part of a 100 million euro fund to strengthen partner states south of the European Union with crisis prevention, reports say.
Apart from Tunisia, Jordan will also receive €25 million to buy “Marder” armored personnel carriers, Der Spiegel said.
Germany had earlier this year offered Tunisia military aid including electronic equipment to the Tunisian army to help it combat the illegal crossing by IS militants into Tunisia via Libya.
Three major terror attacks rocked the North Africa country last year. In March two IS commandos stormed the Bardo museum in Tunis killing 21 people most whom where foreign tourists.
A couple of months later, a lone Tunisian believed trained in Libya, mowed down 38 people at a Sousse resort hotel in June.
In November, a suicide bomber also said trained in IS training camps in Libya killed 12 members of Tunisian presidential guard.
The army has been on the alert to ward off crossings by IS militants across the border with Libya. Authorities have built a wall along the Libyan order and dug trenches filled with water and equipped with electronic detectors to deter crossings.