surrounded wanted terrorist blows himself up in Tunis

2019-07-03


 

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A wanted militant wearing an explosive belt blew himself up in the Intilaka area in Tunis after being surrounded by police. There were no other casualties. This is the third such incident within a week and comes months ahead of an election and at the peak of a tourist season in which Tunisia is hoping for a record number of visitors.An interior ministry spokesman said police opened fire on the man, whom authorities described as a wanted militant called  Aymen bin Habib bin Al-Khudairi Al-Smiri, without giving further details. He added that "following a long chase, Special Forces surrounded the terrorist…When forces began shooting; he blew himself up with an explosive belt he was wearing.”On July 2 the Ministry of Interior urged Tunisian citizens to report any information regarding Al-Smiri "anticipating terror act" and issued contact telephone number. NOTE: on June 27 two suicide bombers blew themselves up in separate attacks on police in Tunis, killing one police officer and wounding several people. The Islamic State militant group claimed responsibility for both attacks.

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