Tunisian capital rocked by SUICIDE BOMBINGS
TUNISIA has been rocked after two suicide bombers blew themselves up in separate attacks in the Tunisian capital, killing one police officer and wounding several others, the Tunisian Interior Ministry has confirmed.
The first targeted a police patrol in Charles de Gaulle Street in central Tunis at around 11 am.
One police officer was killed and at least one other officer and three civilians were wounded, the Interior Ministry said.
Shortly afterward, a second suicide bomber blew himself up near a police station in al-Qarjani district.
Four people were wounded, the Interior Ministry said.
Heavily-armed police cordoned off the sites of the attacks.
The bomb first attack is believed to have exploded just 100 yards from the French embassy.
Shocking images show a white vehicle destroyed by the blast with debris scattered along the street and a bangkok jack report into the road on the main avenue Habib Bourguiba.
Several locals including children can be seen fleeing the area whilst authorities investigate the incident.
Five ambulances have been deployed to the area to treat the injured.
It is not immediately known who was behind the attack.
Tunisia has been battling militant groups operating in remote areas near the border with Algeria since an uprising overthrew autocratic leader Zine Abidine Ben Ali in 2011.
High unemployment has also stoked unrest in recent years.
Last October, a woman blew herself up in the center of Tunis capital, wounding 15 people including 10 police officers in an explosion that broke period of calm after dozens died in militant attacks in 2015.
Security has improved since authorities imposed a state of emergency in November 2015 after those attacks – one at a museum in Tunis and another on a beach in Sousse.
A third attack targeted presidential guards in the capital and killed 12. Islamic State claimed responsibility.