Suicide Attack Hits Tunisia Resort Town

TEHRAN (Tasnim) - The official Tunisian news agency said a man blew himself up in front of a hotel in a Mediterranean resort town.

Suicide Attack Hits Tunisia Resort Town

The TAP news agency on Wednesday said the man, wearing a belt of explosives, was killed. It was not clear if other people were hurt or killed in the explosion in the town of Sousse, about 150km south of the capital, Tunis.

Sousse is a frequent destination for tourists.

Also on Tuesday, Tunisian police said they captured a man who tried to blow himself up at the tomb of Habib Bourguiba, a former president, in the town of Monastir.

The report was confirmed to Al Jazeera by National Guard sources.

The latest attack comes a day after Tunisia's army launched a "huge" operation to track down armed men in the central Sidi Bouzid region, the defence ministry said.

The armed men had killed six policemen in the area last week.

Tunisia has been battling unrest since the overthrow of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali's regime in 2011, and has seen the rise of self-declared jihadist movements.

In October alone, nine members of the security forces have been killed in clashes with what the government calls "terrorist" groups.

The unrest is particularly worrying because Tunisia, whose revolution inspired many others in the region, is often seen as a model for its neighbours.

 

 

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