At least 14 Tunisian soldiers were killed when dozens of gunmen with rocket-propelled grenades attacked two checkpoints in the remote Chaambi mountains, one of the deadliest militant strikes on the north African country’s armed forces.

Since April, thousands of Tunisian soldiers have been deployed the Chaambi region bordering Algeria in an operation to flush out al Qaeda-linked militants. Some have been in the area since fleeing French intervention in Mali last year.

As many as 60 Tunisian and Algerian militants ambushed the checkpoints on Wednesday night, killing the soldiers as they were breaking their daily fast for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, officials said. More than 20 soldiers were wounded. […]