Crime & Justice

Police officer, 3 alleged terrorists killed in Tunisia attack

Tunis, Sep 6 (efe-epa).- At least one police officer and three militants were killed in a suspected terrorist attack on Sunday in the Tunisian city of Sousse.

Another officer was seriously injured in the incident in the coastal city, which is a popular tourist destination and the scene of one of the country’s worst jihadist attacks in 2015 when 38 people were shot dead.

National Guard spokesman Houcem Eddine Jebabli described the incident on Sunday as a terrorist attack.

The strike took place at a road junction in the Port el Kantau area and the three attackers were killed after a chase that ended near the Al Kouda school.

Police officer Sami Mrabet died from injuries he suffered during the attack.

His colleague Rami Limam was also injured and was in an “extremely critical” condition, according to Riadh Boukef, head of the emergency service at Sahloul Hospital.

El Kantaoui, about 160 km from Tunis, was the site of a shooting at the Hotel Rui Imperial Marhaba in which 38 people died, most of them British tourists.

The Islamic State terror group said it was behind the attack.

In 2015, three jihadist attacks in the capital and in Sousse took the lives of 72 people, 60 of them foreign tourists and 12 members of the presidential guard.

The attacks led to a huge drop in Tunisian tourism, one of the pillars of its economy which accounts for 14 percent of its GDP, which the country has not yet been able to recover.

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