TUNIS, Tunisia, June 16 (UPI) -- Militant attacks killed four Tunisian soldiers in separate incidents on Monday, according to Tunisia's interior ministry.
One soldier died and four were wounded after a "group of terrorists" attacked a National Guard patrol near the Algerian border at 5:30 p.m.
Militants killed three others in Sidi Bouzid, in Tunisia's midwest, one on his way to work and two after an armed group assaulted a security checkpoint.
The violence comes just days after armed gunmen abducted 10 members of Tunisia's consulate staff in Tripoli, Libya, and three weeks after a Tunisian army soldier killed three fellow troops at a Tunis barracks before he was shot to death.
On May 21, U.S. President Barack Obama met for the first time with Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi, who was sworn into office in January after becoming the North African country's first democratically-elected head of state.
"The democratic process is always vulnerable and threatened by terrorists, by parties that do not believe in democracy," Essebsi said at the meeting.
At the time the White House said Obama was working with Congress to give at least $100 million in assistance to Tunisia, adding to the $570 million the United States has given since the start of the 2011 revolution that ousted former President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.
Since 2011, Tunsia has seen a rise in Islamic terrorist attacks, including the March 18 assault on the country's Bardo Museum that killed a Tunisian security guard and 21 tourists from Japan, France, Poland, Spain, Colombia and Britain. The Islamic State, a terrorist force occupying swaths of land in Iraq and Syria, claimed responsibility for the attack.