Tunisia's Interior Ministry has announced the arrest of 12 men accused of planning attacks to disrupt upcoming elections.

Ministry spokesman Mohammed Ali Aroui told journalists Friday that the arrests came after the seizure of a four-wheel drive vehicle near the border with Libya filled with rockets, assault-rifle ammunition and explosives.

He said the vehicle was heading from the Ben Guerdane border town to Sidi Bouzid, where the suspects were arrested.

Tunisia has been battling al-Qaida linked militants for the past year and is set to hold elections on Oct. 26. Authorities have already reported several threats by militants to violently disrupt the elections.

Aroui said the weapons were ultimately destined for Mount Chambi on the Algerian border, a known militant hideout.