Tunisia defuses bombs carried by Libyan warplane that landed on its soil

Libyan aircraft landed in Tunisia on July 22, 2019. [Photo: Social Media]
Tunisian army has defused bombs carried by a Libyan warplane that made an emergency landing in Tunisia the day before, the defence ministry said on Tuesday.

The aircraft belonged to the forces of Khalifa Haftar, who controls the east of Libya and much of the country’s south.

The jet made an emergency landing after it “suffered a technical problem”, according to a statement from a parallel administration based in eastern Libya, backed by Haftar.

Tunisian defence ministry said the jet has since been taken from its landing site near Medenine city, some 100 kilometres (60 miles) from the Libyan border, to a Tunisian storage facility.

The warplane’s pilot, a colonel who was the sole person on board according to the ministry, is being questioned by Tunisian security forces.

The GNA foreign ministry said on Facebook that a “liaison commission” had been set up by its embassy in Tunis to discuss the fate of the plane.

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