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Four dead, including the three assailants in a terrorist attack in Sousse



           


Sousse is once again the target of an attack (photo: F.Dubessy)
Sousse is once again the target of an attack (photo: F.Dubessy)
TUNISIA. Five years after the June 2015 attack that plunged the Tunisian seaside resort into mourning (38 dead), Sousse was the scene, on Sunday 6 September 2020, of an attack described as "terrorist" by the local authorities. A member of the National Guard (gendarmerie) was among the victims, as were the three assailants (including two twin brothers from Siliana in the north-west of the country) shot dead by the security forces.

A National Guard patrol consisting of two soldiers (the second was wounded, but his life is not in danger) was attacked by three men. They stabbed them and then stole their pistols and their car. The security forces were able to catch up with them and after an exchange of fire in Akouda, in the tourist area of Port El Kantaoui, the three assailants were killed. 

According to a statement by the presidency of the government, the new Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi said he promised to "eradicate the terrorists as soon as possible". He calls "Tunisians not to be afraid (...) microbes must be afraid because they will be eradicated". Seven people (including the wife of one of the assailants and two brothers of an assailant) have been arrested in the course of this investigation, said Houcem Eddine Jebabli, spokesman for the National Guard on Tunisian radio Shems.

The last action of this type in Tunisia dates from March 6, 2020 with a double suicide attack against law enforcement officers protecting the U.S. Embassy in Tunis and a death toll of one dead and five injured police officers and one civilian. The state of emergency is still in force in the country since 2015.


Frédéric Dubessy


Monday, September 7th 2020



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