Tunisia: Policeman and three militants dead after terrorist attack

Security forces chased the attackers through the tourist areas of El Kantaoui

Security officials in Tunisia say a police officer has been killed and another wounded in a knife attack in the coastal resort of Sousse.

Three assailants were shot dead after the incident, which is being described as a terrorist attack.

In 2015 Sousse was the scene of one of Tunisia’s worst attacks, when 38 people, most of them British tourists, were killed by a gunman.

The latest incident comes two days after a new government was sworn in.

The suspected militants rammed their vehicle into a National Guard checkpoint at a junction near the citys port.

A patrol of two National Guard officers was attacked with a knife in the centre of Sousse, National Guard spokesman Houcem Eddine Jebabli said, according to the AFP news agency. One died as a martyr and the other was wounded and is hospitalised, he said. This was a terrorist attack.

The knifemen stole guns and a police vehicle during the attack before making off, Mr Jebabli said. Security forces took off after them through the tourist areas of El Kantaoui.

In a firefight three terrorists were killed, he said, adding that two guns and the car were recovered.

It is unclear if the assailants were tied to any particular extremist group, but the wider threat in Tunisia in recent years has been from dispersed sleeper cells composed of jihadists that returned from Syria, Libya, and Iraq, says the BBC’s Rana Jawad in the capital Tunis.

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