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Militant blows himself up in Tunisia capital

Last week, two suicide bombers launched a double attack in Tunis [Getty]

Date of publication: 3 July, 2019

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A man has blown himself up after being pursued by police in the Tunisian capital, days after twin bombings claimed by the Islamic State group killed a police officer.

A man has blown himself up after being pursued by police in the Tunisian capital, days after twin bombings claimed by the Islamic State group killed a police officer in the city.

The Tunisian state-run news agency reported on Tuesday that the incident, which caused no other casualties, took place in the north of the city.

A police spokesman told local media that the man was a wanted militant called Aymen Smiri, and that police fired at him before he detonated an explosive vest.

Last week, two suicide bombers launched a double attack in Tunis, killing a police officer person and leaving several others injured.

The violence has revived fears for the stability of the North African state, which is seen as a rare democratic success story of the 2011 Arab Spring uprisings but has been hit by repeated Islamist attacks.

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