The Islamic State group on Wednesday claimed the suicide bombing of a busload of presidential guards in Tunisia’s capital, the latest attack in a country plagued by Islamist violence.
President Beji Caid Essebsi and other members of the National Security Council met to discuss more crisis measures, after imposing a nationwide state of emergency following Tuesday’s blast.
IS said a Tunisian, named as Abou Abdallah al-Tounissi, had boarded the bus wearing an explosives belt only a few hundred metres from the Interior Ministry as it picked up guards on their way to work. Twelve of them were killed and 20 other people wounded, including four civilians, according to the Health Ministry.
IS said in a statement shared on jihadist social media that 20 people had died.