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Security officer killed in "terrorist attack" in Tunisia: ministry

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

A spokesman for the National Guard said that the two officers were on patrol in the tourist district of El Kantaoui when the attack took place, and that the assailants made off with their guns and vehicle.

The attackers had first rammed the gendarmes with a vehicle at about 6:40 am (0540 GMT).

British ambassador to Tunisia Louise de Sousa tweeted she was "appalled to hear of the attack on a National Guard patrol in #Sousse this morning".

Speaking in Sousse, at the site of the attack, he announced the arrest of a fourth suspect who had been aboard the vehicle that rammed the National Guard officers.

The injured officer was admitted to hospital.

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Since the country's 2011 uprising, Tunisia has endured a series of attacks on its security officers and tourist areas.

In June a year ago, two suicide attacks killed one police officer and injured eight in Tunis.

There has been no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack.

An attack at the capital's Bardo museum in March killed 21 foreign tourists and a security guard.

The event comes simply 2 days after the federal government of Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi took power, revealing the security difficulties dealing with the North African nation, which struggles with financial and social issues.

The 46-year-old premier pledged to revitalise the economy, including the crucial tourism sector, which had begun to recover after recent jihadist attacks but was then hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic.



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