Suicide Bombers Attack Security Forces in Tunisia

Two suicide bombers struck security forces in quick succession on Thursday morning in the Tunisian capital, and wounding several police officers and passers-by, the Interior Ministry said.

A suicide bomber struck a security patrol on Rue Charles de Gaulle near the French Embassy just before 11 a.m., the ministry said in a statement. Local reports said at least one officer was killed, but it could not immediately be confirmed.

Ten minutes later, another bomber detonated a device at the back door of a police department elsewhere in the city, the ministry said. That attack injured four security officers, the ministry said.

Footage taken shortly after the first explosion showed debris scattered on the roadway, and one officer could be seen clutching a wound on his torso and had blood smeared on his neck.

Several police officers with rifles flooded the area as they scrambled to assess the situation.

No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attacks, which took place months before an election and during the height of the tourist season.

Islamist extremist groups have carried out several attacks against tourists and the security forces in Tunisia in recent years.

In March 2015, gunmen killed 22 people at the Bardo National Museum in Tunis. Three months later, attackers killed 38 people, most of them British tourists, at a beach resort near the town of Sousse. In November that year, a suicide bomber killed 12 members of the presidential guard in central Tunis.

In October 2018, 15 security personnel and five civilians were injured in a bombing on Avenue Habib Bourguiba, a main thoroughfare in the capital.

Source: NYT

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