US, WASHINGTON (NEWS OBSERVATORY) — A double suicide bombing injured five police officers deployed in front of the American embassy in Tunis on Thursday, as well as a civilian, the interior ministry said.
The explosion sounded at the end of the morning near this diplomatic representation located in the Berges du Lac district, about ten kilometers from the city center.
“The operation resulted in the deaths of the two attackers, injured five police officers, and slightly injured a civilian,” the interior ministry said in a statement.
The circumstances are still confused.
According to a police official interviewed by AFP, an assailant died while trying to force the entrance to the embassy, a sensitive site protected by roadblocks. One of the suicide bombers was riding a motorcycle, added another police officer who witnessed the scene.
The forensic police were immediately dispatched to the scene, overflown by a helicopter.
The U.S. Embassy said on Twitter it had taken action after an explosion, urging them to avoid the area.
“What a tough task to have to continue working after you’ve just seen your injured colleagues,” reacted a police officer on the spot.
The last attack in Tunisia dates back to the end of June 2019, when a double suicide attack targeted police in the center of Tunis and in front of a barracks.
Claimed by the jihadist Islamic State (IS) organization, they killed a police officer and raised the specter of violence in a country traumatized by a series of attacks in 2015-2016.
Tunisia has been under a state of emergency since November 2015 and a suicide attack on the presidential guard in Tunis in which 12 agents were killed. The attack was also claimed by IS.
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