A suicide bomber acts in Tunisian capital Tunis. The attack took place opposite the U.S. embassy.
12:50 AMENDED “The British Embassy in Tunis is urgently seeking further information following reports of a suicide bombing near the US Embassy #Tunis. If you’re in the area, remain vigilant and follow advice of local security authorities” the issued alert reads.
Pictures of aftermath of the suicide bombing circulate in socical media:
Media reports two dead and five injured, but at the moment it is not clear if the assailant’s death is also included.
13:30 AMENDED: “Emergency personnel are responding to an explosion that occurred near the U.S. Embassy in Tunis. Please avoid the area and monitor local media for updates” US Embassy in Tunis wrote on Twiter.
According to Ministry of Foreign Affairs ex-President of Tunisia Ben Ali (83) died.
Deposed leader of Tunesia Zine El Abidine Ben Ali has been hospitalised for “a health crisis” in one of Saudi Arabia hospitals, where he has lived in exile since the revolution of 2011, according to Arab media reports.
The former president’s lawyer Mouni Ben Salha told Mosaique radio onthat Ben Ali’s daughter called him to say her father is “very ill” after years of treatment for prostate cancer, the Associated Press news agency reported. The lawyer said Ben Ali is in treatment in a hospital in Jeddah.
The president of the European People’s Party (@EPP) Joseph Daul expressed his condolences after terrorist attack in Tunis: “Very saddened by the attack today in #Tunis. My thoughts are with the families of the victims. This tragedy is a painful reminder of the risks that police forces face in ensuring our safety”.
This week two suicide blasts have shocked the capital of Tunisia, killing at least one police officer and wounding several people.
The first explosion on June 27 involved a suicide bomber who targeted a police patrol on Tunis downtown in Charles de Gaulle Street, close to French embassy building.
One police officer was killed, and another was wounded, according to the interior ministry statement. Three civilians were injured, however there was no further detail on gravity of their wounds.
Body parts were seen on the road around the police car, an AFP news agency reported.
A second jihadist committed suicide attack shortly afterwards on a national guard base in the capital’s al-Qarjani district, the interior ministry said. Four security personnel were wounded in that attack.
Tunisian authorities have arrested 18 people in the wake of protests that erupted after the suicide of a journalist who set himself on fire to protest economic problems officials said.
Among arrested 13 are from the provincial city of Kasserine and five others from Tebourba, near Tunis, Interior Ministry spokesman Sofiane Zaag said.
The most violent protests erupted in Kasserine, in west central Tunisia, where police used tear gas to disperse violent demonstrators throwing stones. According to ShemsFM radio, the military was deployed to reinforce police to deal with the protests and secure state buildings.
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Coastguards continue to recover bodies of migrants drowned in a shipwreck in the Mediterranean on Sunday (3/05/2018), reportedly the boat had sank next to Tunisian coast.
Tunisian authorities said 47 bodies were recovered off the country’s southern coast, close to the city of Sfax, while NGOs presume there were more passengers on the crowded boat.
“The coastguard and the navy continue their search with the support of a military plane,” the interior ministry said in a statement.
The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) spokesman Flavio Di Giacomo cautioning on Twitter that the final number of missing was still uncertain.
Meanwhile on a visit to Sicily Italy’s new interior minister, Matteo Salvini, said that the island must stop being “the refugee camp of Europe“.
The leader of the Lega Nord party said his government’s plans on migrants were not “hard line… but common sense”.
Salvini added that increasing deportations and limiting new arrivals would end up in saving lives, discouraging illegal migrants to take a risky adventure in Mediterranean waters.
NATO continues to work with Tunisia on a defence-capacity building package and this including the support for the development of special operation forces, intelligence, – said Jens Stoltenberg, the Secretary General of NATO. “..We are also looking into other areas, like for instance border control and other areas which are relevant for the fight against terrorism” – Stoltenberg continued.
” The whole idea is that the best tool, or one of the best weapons we have against terrorism is to train local forces, to enable local governments to stabilise their own countries and to fight terrorism themselves. And therefore, the whole idea of projecting stability, stabilising our neighbourhood by training local forces, is one of the most important weapons we have against terrorism”.