Two suicide bombers struck safety forces in fast succession on Thursday morning within the Tunisian capital, killing not less than one police officer and wounding a number of different officers and passers-by, the Inside Ministry stated.
The primary bomber struck a safety patrol on Rue Charles de Gaulle close to the French Embassy simply earlier than 11 a.m., killing one police officer, the ministry stated in an announcement.
Ten minutes later, one other bomber detonated a tool on the again door of a police division elsewhere within the metropolis, the ministry stated. That assault injured 4 safety officers, the ministry stated.
Footage taken shortly after the primary explosion confirmed particles scattered on the roadway, and one officer might be seen clutching a wound on his torso and had blood smeared on his neck.
A number of law enforcement officials with rifles flooded the realm as they scrambled to evaluate the state of affairs.
Nobody instantly claimed accountability for the assaults, which passed off months earlier than an election and through the peak of the vacationer season.
Individually, Tunisia’s president, Béji Caïd Essebsi, was taken to a navy hospital on Thursday after struggling a “extreme well being disaster,” the presidency stated in an announcement. No additional particulars have been instantly obtainable.
Mr. Essebsi, 92, received Tunisia’s first free presidential election, in 2014. In March, Tunisia’s Fact and Dignity Fee named him for his role in human rights violations in 1963, when he served as a safety official beneath Tunisia’s post-independence chief, Habib Bourguiba.
Islamist extremist teams have carried out a number of assaults towards vacationers and the safety forces in Tunisia lately.
In March 2015, gunmen killed 22 people on the Bardo Nationwide Museum in Tunis. Three months later, attackers killed 38 folks, most of them British vacationers, at a seashore resort close to the city of Sousse. In November that 12 months, a suicide bomber killed 12 members of the presidential guard in central Tunis.
In October 2018, 15 safety personnel and 5 civilians have been injured in a bombing on Avenue Habib Bourguiba, a most important thoroughfare within the capital.