A police officer is dead and several wounded near the French embassy in Tunisia, while two suicide bombers blow themselves up in separate attacks
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- Suicide attack attack aimed at a police car near the old city in capital Tunis
- One policeman was killed and at least four other people were injured
- Shortly thereafter, a second suicide bomber blew himself up at a police station in the al-Gorjani district
- Body parts were seen on a road next to a damaged vehicle
A police officer was killed and several others were injured after two suicide bombers blew themselves up in the capital of Tunisia at the French embassy.
The first attack was directed against a police patrol on Charles de Gaulle Street in the center of Tunis.
A police officer was killed and at least one other as well as three civilians were injured, the Interior Ministry said.
Shortly thereafter, a second suicide bomber blew himself up at a police station in the al-Gorjani district. Four people were injured, the Interior Ministry said.
It was not immediately known who was behind the attacks, coming months before an election and at the height of a tourist season in which Tunisia hopes for a record number of visitors.
A police officer was killed and several others were injured after two suicide bombers blew themselves up in the capital of Tunisia, near the French embassy
The first attack was directed against a police patrol on Charles de Gaulle Street in the center of Tunis
Tunisian citizens flee the scene of the attack on the main street of the Tunisian capital
Heavily armed police kept the locations from the attacks, one of which was about 200 meters away from the French embassy.
Witnesses from Reuters saw people running away from the stage while the body of one suicide bomber lay on the floor.
& # 39; I was shopping with my daughter and we heard a big explosion. We saw the corpse of the terrorist lying on the floor near a police vehicle after he blew himself up, & said a man who gave his name only as Mohamed.
Interior Ministry spokesman Sofian Zaak said the attackers had not yet been identified, and he called on the public to show strength and not panic.
Tunisian security forces gather at the scene of an attack on the main street Habib Bourguiba of the capital of Tunisia
Forensic officers were sent to the scene in the aftermath of today's explosion
An attacker exploded explosives at the French embassy (file photo) shortly before 11 am local time, said the Interior Ministry of Tunisia
Tunisia has been fighting militant groups operating in remote areas near the border with Algeria since an insurgent autocratic leader Zine Abidine Ben Ali in 2011. High unemployment has also caused unrest in recent years.
Last October a woman blew herself up in the center of the capital, Tunis, and wounded 15 people, including 10 police, in an explosion that went through a long period of peace after dozens of deaths in militant attacks in 2015.
Security has improved since the authorities imposed a state of emergency in November 2015 following those attacks – one at a museum in Tunis and another at a beach in Sousse. A third attack was directed against presidential guards in the capital. Islamic state claimed responsibility.
The attacks scared holidaymakers and investors and aggravated the country's economic problems.
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