Saturday, November 26, 2022

Woman suicide bomber wounds nine in Tunis – ministry

Africa

A woman suicide bomber blew herself up Monday near police vehicles in the centre of the Tunisian capital, injuring nine people in the process, the interior ministry said.

Ministry spokesman Sofiene Zaag told AFP that all but one of the casualties were police, after a strong explosion Monday rattled the main Avenue Habib Bourguiba in Tunis.

38 people were killed in a shooting rampage in June 2015 at the coastal resort of Sousse which targeted tourists, while an attack the same year on the National Bardo Museum in Tunis left 22 people dead.

The terror attacks wiped out Tunisia’s crucial tourism sector, which made up seven percent of gross domestic product.

In November 2015, an IS-claimed suicide bombing in Tunis killed 12 presidential guards and the country has been under a state of emergency since then.

The state of emergency was extended earlier this month until November 6, amid a tense political climate ahead of legislative and presidential elections planned for next year.

 

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