Tunisia capital rocked by blast

Tunisia capital rocked by blast

Tunisia capital rocked by blast

Multiple blasts and reported gunfire rocked Tunisia's capital on Thursday, killing at least one police officer and injuring at least eight people.

Police cordon off the scene after a suicide bombing targeted a police vehicle in the Tunisian capital, Tunis, on Thursday.

Key adviser Firas Guefrech described the 92-year-old leader as in "critical condition" and in a later tweet said that Essebsi was "stable", urging supporters to pray for his recovery.

A state of emergency has been in effect for Tunisia since the terror attacks. One police officer was killed and another wounded, the ministry said, adding that three civilians were also injured.

Militant groups, including the Islamic State, have carried out periodic deadly attacks, threatening tourism, a cornerstone of Tunisia's economy.

The first explosion, which occurred on central Charles de Gaulle Street near the French Embassy, killed one officer and injured at least one other cop and three civilians, according to the Interior Ministry.

Five police officers were among those injured. Four security personnel were reportedly wounded in that attack, though the total number of casualties as yet remains unknown.

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Several shops and offices closed amid the panic.

"It is a cowardly terrorist operation".

The twin attacks came ahead of presidential and legislative elections, scheduled for October and November.

Tunisia has been battling militant groups operating in remote areas near the border with Algeria since an uprising overthrew President Zine Abidine Ben Ali in 2011.

This morning two suicide bombers reportedly struck Tunis nearly simultaneously, targeting Tunisian security forces.

In June that year, 30 Britons were among 38 foreign holidaymakers killed in a gun and grenade attack on a beach resort near the Tunisian city of Sousse.

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