At Least 12 People Killed as Explosion Targets Presidential Guard Bus in TunisWorld | November 25, 2015, Wednesday // 09:15| views
Police and rescue forces at the scene of an explosion in Tunis, Tunisia, 24 November 2015. Photo: EPA
At least twelve people were killed as an explosion targeted a bus carrying presidential guards in the Tunisian capital of Tunis on Tuesday.
Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi declared a thirty-day state of emergency, saying that the country was in the “state of war”.
The interior ministry described the incident as a “terror act”, with no group so far having claimed responsibility for the attack.
The exact cause of the explosion has not been identified yet, but reports suggest that a bomber detonated explosives in the vehicle.
The explosion occurred at a bus stop where the presidential guard picks up and drops off its staff, Al Jazeera informs.
The country has been gripped by instability, with armed groups having targeted security forces and civilians on several occasions.
In June, a gunman reportedly affiliated to Islamic State (IS), killed 38 European tourists in the coastal resort of Sousse.
In March, armed men claiming to be local affiliates of al-Qaeda, attacked the Bardo National Museum in Tunis, killing more than twenty people, mostly European tourists.
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