A thirty-year-old woman blew herself up on Monday in central Tunis, the Tunisian Interior Ministry said, injuring 15 people, including 10 policemen.
TUNIS (Reuters) – A 30-year-old woman blew herself up on Monday in central Tunis, the Tunisian Interior Ministry said, injuring 15 people, including 10 policemen.
The ministry is talking about a “terrorist explosion”.
The official TAP news agency quoted the Interior Ministry as saying that the suicide bomber died on the spot. She was not known to the security services for her radicalism, adds TAP.
According to witnesses, the explosion occurred near the Municipal Theater, on Habib Bourguiba Avenue, the main artery of the Tunisian capital, where the police established a cordon of security.
“I was in front of the theater and I heard a huge explosion,” Mohamed Ekbal bin Rajib told Reuters.
The shops were closed on Monday on the avenue and no stranger is among the wounded, it was said safe source.
Tunisia, which depends largely on tourism, has raised its security measures since a series of attacks in 2015, including the attack on the museum of Bardo where 21 people were killed, then in the resort of Sousse, which killed 38 people.
The country has not experienced attacks of this magnitude since then.
“We thought we had eliminated terrorism,” said President Beji Caid Essebsi. “I hope terrorism will not kill us, especially in the bad political climate right now in Tunisia.”