06/03/2020 | 11:19, updated at 18:28
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A suicide attack took place on Friday, March 6, 2020 at. 11.15am at Lake 2 in front of a branch of a local bank, Business News learned from sources present at the site with a report (13.30pm) on three dead and five injured.
The attack was triggered by two suicide bombers who blew themselves up in front of one of the checkpoints protecting the US Embassy in Tunis, the one adjacent to the headquarters of the Tunis Stock Exchange. Around 12.45pm, the Tunisian Interior Ministry said the attack was launched at 11am by two suicide bombers without specifying whether they were on a motorcycle. Business News sources at the scene told us about a suicide bomber who blew himself up on his motorcycle.
The Interior Ministry states that the attack caused injuries of varying severity to five members of the security forces and minor injuries to a civilian. Around 1:30 p.m., the ministry issued a new press release announcing the death of Lieutenant Taoufik Missaoui, who succumbed to his injuries. He confirms the deaths of the two suicide bombers. Their bodies are literally shredded, as our journalists and witnesses on the spot have seen. For legal and ethical reasons, we can not distribute the images of these bodies in a thousand pieces.
In the wake of this, the authorities decided to close the American school, which is located on the other side of GP 9 (the main road leading to La Marsa and encircling the embassy on the opposite side of the embassy). U.S. troops were also deployed on the roofs of the U.S. Embassy headquarters. Several companies have also decided to ban their employees from leaving the premises.
Sofiène Selliti, spokeswoman for the Judiciary on Combating Terrorism, indicated that ” the terrorists who carried out the attack on Lake 2 used a large amount of explosives and the motorcycle transporting them was also captured; “. And to add that” the crime scene was analyzed to establish the identity of the terrorists “.
The spokesman for the Judicial Counter-Terrorism Center clarified in a statement to TAP that it has not yet been confirmed whether the two terrorists were from the Kram area. He also stated that the safe victim was born in 1968 and that the health condition of the other injured is “stable”. Four are security agents and the fifth is a citizen who was in his vehicle and was slightly injured in the eyes.
Sir. Selliti noted that the public prosecutor in the judicial pole in the fight against terrorism handed over the investigation to the National Investigation Unit for Terrorist Crimes, under the Directorate-General for National Security in El Gorjani.
The President of the Republic, Kaïs Saïed, went to the wounded in the attack and paid tribute to their self-sacrifice and their patriotism.
Kaïs Saïed reaffirmed the state’s commitment to offer the necessary support to the family of the martyr Taoufik Missaoui, who fell in the attack, and emphasized in this regard the importance of the “Fida” fund, which is being set up and will take care of the wounded. and the families of martyrs from the military and security institutions.
Earlier in the afternoon, Rached Ghannouchi, Speaker of Parliament and leader of the Ennahdha movement, visited the wounded.
US Ambassador Donald Blome sent a message to the Tunisian authorities and security forces thanking them for protecting the US Embassy. Donald Blome condoled with Lieutenant Taoufik Missaoui’s family and colleagues. ” The Tunisian security forces were professional and strict. We reaffirm our commitment to our long-standing friendship with Tunisia and reiterate our unwavering support in the face of the scourge of terrorism. “Says the message posted on social networks.
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