At least 20 people, including eight policemen, were wounded on 29 October in a bomb attack perpetrated by a kamikaze woman in Tunis, the first to shake the Tunisian capital since 2015.

The suicide bomber blew himself up “near police cars” on Habib Bourguiba Avenue, the main thoroughfare in the center of the capital.

The woman, aged 30, was not considered “extremist” by the security services. According to the Ministry of the Interior, she died instantly. His body was essentially the mark of the explosion on his left flank.

Quickly, several ambulances and important police reinforcements arrived on the scene, and the sector was cordoned off. At least two people were arrested, including one in turbulent conditions.

In a chaotic atmosphere, many cafes and shops of this emblematic avenue of the capital have quickly lowered their curtains.

In a first political reaction, the parliamentary group of the Islamist party Ennahdha denounced a “cowardly attack” and called “all Tunisians to unite to face terrorism”.

If no death among the victims is at the moment deplorable, this attack has plunged the Tunisian capital several years back. This is indeed the first to shake Tunis since November 24, 2015, when a suicide attack, committed there too in the center, had targeted a bus of the presidential guard, killing 12 agents. It had been claimed by the jihadist group Islamic State (IS). That same year, 60 people including 59 tourists were killed in other attacks against the Bardo museum in Tunis, on March 18, and against a beach and a hotel near Sousse, June 26. Both attacks were also claimed by the EI group.

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