Double suicide blasts kill 1, wound nine in Tunisia capital: Ministry

WION Web Team
New Delhi, Delhi, India Published: Jun 27, 2019, 07.23 PM(IST)

Police officers are seen at the site of an explosion in downtown Tunis, Tunisia. Photograph:( Reuters )

Story highlights

'One of the two police officers wounded in the suicide attack this morning has died', interior ministry spokesman Sofiene Zaag said

 

Two suicide bombs stormed the Tunisian capital on Thursday killing a police officer and injuring several others.

The injured include nine people including policemen and civilians.

"One of the two police officers wounded in the suicide attack this morning has died", interior ministry spokesman Sofiene Zaag said.

The suicide bombers attacked police and the national guard on the main street in central Tunis.

The attacks took place at around 10:50 am and 11 am. 

"It was a suicide attack, which took place at 10:50" (0950 GMT), on Habib Bourguiba, Interior Ministry spokesman Sofiene Zaag told AFP.

"At 11:00 am (1000 GMT) an individual blew himself up outside the back door" of the base, wounding four security personnel, Zaag said.

Civil protection units and police rapidly deployed to Habib Bourguiba avenue, where the interior ministry is located. 

People initially fled in panic, before some crowded around the scene of the attack, expressing anger against the authorities. Shops and offices were closed by police. 

On October 29 last year an unemployed graduate blew herself up near police cars on the same street, killing herself and wounding 26 people, mostly police officers, according to the interior ministry.

(With inputs from AFP)

Read in App