TWO separate attacks believed to have been carried out by suicide bombers left one person dead and several wounded in the Tunisian capital today (Thursday), according to its government.
Government sources said the attacks took place on Charles de Gaulle Street and near to a police station in the al-Qarjini district of Tunis.
The group behind the attack and their motives are currently unknown but they come ahead of its peak summer tourist season. Tunisia is popular with British and French holidaymakers and others from elsewhere in Europe.
Armed police have since cordoned off the areas. One police officer has been killed and another injured along with seven civilians, according to the country’s Interior Ministry.
The British Embassy in Tunis has warned travellers in the capital to remain vigilant. The Spanish Embassy has yet to comment.
#Tunisia There are reports of two explosions in central Tunis. If you’re in Tunis, you should remain vigilant, keep up to date with developments and follow advice and instructions of local authorities. More info: https://t.co/s961loTfqx pic.twitter.com/rwe60LzgoC
— FCO travel advice (@FCOtravel) June 27, 2019
Tunisia has been rocked by attacks and unrest since the overthrow of the authoritarian regime of Zine Abidine Ben Ali in 2011.
Daesh has claimed responsibility for some of the attacks including one which took place in Tunis in 2015.