TUNIS (Reuters) – There have been no casualties after Tunisian safety forces killed a person carrying an explosive belt after chasing him within the capital Tunis, an inside ministry spokesman mentioned early on Wednesday.
Earlier, witnesses mentioned man blew himself up within the Intilaka space in Tunis after being surrounded by the police. Residents heard a loud explosion.
The spokesman mentioned police opened hearth on the person, whom authorities described as a wished militant known as Aymen Smiri. He was wearing ladies’s cloths, witnesses mentioned.
Two suicide bombers blew themselves up in separate assaults on police in Tunis on Thursday, killing one police officer and wounding a number of different individuals. Islamic State claimed duty for the 2 assaults.
Tunisia has been battling militant teams working in distant areas close to the border with Algeria since an rebellion overthrew autocratic chief Zine Abidine Ben Ali in 2011. Excessive unemployment has additionally stoked unrest lately.
Final October, a girl blew herself up within the middle of Tunis, wounding 15 individuals together with 10 cops in an explosion that broke an extended interval of calm after dozens had died in militant assaults in 2015.
Safety has improved since authorities imposed a state of emergency in November 2015 after these assaults – one at a museum in Tunis and one other on a seaside within the Mediterranean seaside city of Sousse. A 3rd assault focused presidential guards within the capital. Islamic State claimed duty.
Reporting by Tarek Amara and Nayera Abdallah; Writing by Ulf Laessing; Enhancing by Grant McCool and Lisa Shumaker