Suspected Tunis bomber dies as security forces attempt to arrest him





Tunis – A 23-year-old suspect wanted over two blasts in the Tunisian capital last week blew himself up with a suicide vest Tuesday to evade capture, the Interior Ministry said in Tunis.



 
The suspect detonated the vest after security forces surrounded him near a tram stop, local media reported. He died at the scene.
There were no further casualties, according to the ministry.
Two back-to-back suicide attacks hit the centre of Tunis on Thursday, killing a policeman and injuring eight other people. One of the attackers was also killed.
Authorities stepped up security measures in response to the attacks.
In recent years, Tunisia has witnessed a string of militant attacks, most of them claimed by the Islamic State extremist group.
The North African country is widely seen as the sole democratic success story of the 2010-11 Arab Spring uprisings but has struggled with an economic slowdown and social unrest.

Wednesday, July 3rd 2019
(dpa)
           


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